Wide receiver and special teams player Ted Ginn Jr., 36, announced his retirement from the NFL recently.
Ginn’s career was full of exciting highlights that showcased his tremendous speed and ball handling skills.
The Cleveland, Ohio product who played for Ohio State was the ninth overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Ginn played for six teams during his 14-year career.
Besides the Dolphins, he played for the 49ers, Panthers (two stints), Cardinals, Saints, and Bears.
He played with an interesting multi-generational mix of quarterbacks including Chad Henne, Trent Green, Chad Pennington, Colin Kaepernick, Drew Brees and Cam Newton.
Ted Ginn Jr. has announced his retirement after 14 seasons in the #NFL…
• 9th overall pick in 2007
• Played for #Dolphins, #49ers, #Panthers, #Cardinals, #Saints, and #Bears
• 5,742 receiving yards
• 9,523 return yards
• 42 total TDs pic.twitter.com/eDdBwV2KpL
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) July 16, 2021
Here are a few of Ginn’s best plays.
3. November 8, 2008 – Seahawks vs. Dolphins
Ginn was a dual-threat on offense and special teams.
Though some of his finest career highlights are from spectacular special teams work, Ginn did do his share of damage to opposing defenses also.
Everyone loves a trick play (especially me) so this highlight is a flea-flicker with Chad Pennington making the touchdown throw to Ginn.
Ted Ginn Jr. has announced his retirement from the NFL. He played 14 years in the league and amassed a total of 5,742 yards and 33 TDs in his career. Here’s a trick play from the 2008 season where he was apart of a very fun Dolphins team that year‼️ pic.twitter.com/z6wk35u33q
— King of Phinland🐬👑 (@KingOfPhinland) July 16, 2021
2. September 11, 2011 – 49ers vs. Seahawks
It is rare for a game to have one punt or kick return for a touchdown.
However, Ginn had one of each in the same game while he was with the 49ers.
Once again, as in the highlight above, Ginn’s victims were the Seattle Seahawks.
Some wonder why the Seahawks aimed the ball in Ginn’s direction more than one time in the game.
Veteran WR Ted Ginn Jr. has announced his retirement from the NFL after 14 seasons today, per reports.
Never forget the time he had a kickoff and punt return for a TD in the same game against Seattle 🔥 🔥 #49ers || #FTTB
Via: @nflthrowback pic.twitter.com/ImgZkP8VC4
— OurSF49ers (@OurSf49ers_) July 16, 2021
1. November 1, 2009 – Dolphins vs. Jets
Under the category of practically impossible, Ginn as a Dolphin returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against the New York Jets.
As if that is not impressive enough, each one was over 100 yards.
To make it even more amazing, both were in the same quarter.
Never forget the time @TedGinnJr_19 returned two 100+ yard kickoffs for TD…IN THE SAME QUARTER!
Enjoy retirement, Ted. 👏
(via @nflthrowback) pic.twitter.com/P4qUtcDgVL
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) July 16, 2021
Brees On Ginn
Drew Brees knew from the time Ginn arrived in New Orleans that he was a huge asset to the team.
He openly talked about Ginn’s experience, presence, and awareness.
“Ted’s been awesome. Ted has been better than I ever could have expected. He’s a real pro. He’s a savvy veteran guy. He’s been around a long time, played in a lot of different systems, for a couple different teams. So I feel like just his knowledge of the game and his awareness and his instincts and just his presence on the field, he’s a real pro, and I love having him in the huddle…He’s got a swagger to him. He’s got a lot of confidence. (And) I think he’s a good influence on the youth we have at the receiver position.”
Perhaps the ultimate compliment to Ginn’s talent came from another member of the Brees’ family, Drew’s son Baylen who chose to dress up as Ginn for Halloween in 2017.
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Happy Retirement Ted Ginn Jr.!