Free-agent wide receiver Danny Amendola has decided to retire from the NFL, his agent confirmed on social media Monday. Multiple teams reached out to him this offseason, according to ESPN.
The 36-year-old, who played eight games on a one-year deal with the Houston Texans in 2021, compiled 6,212 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns during his 13-year career.
Amendola made a name for himself with the New England Patriots from 2013 to 2017, playing a pivotal role in the team’s Super Bowl XLIX and LI titles. He tallied 709 receiving yards and six touchdowns in five postseason runs with New England, scoring twice in the fourth quarter of a comeback 2017 AFC Championship victory.
The Texas Tech product went undrafted out of college and made his NFL debut with the St. Louis Rams in 2009, where he spent four seasons. Amendola also played for the Lions, Dolphins and Texans following his stint with the Patriots. He missed nine games last season with hamstring and ankle injuries.
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What’s Amendola’s legacy in New England?
Jeff Howe, national NFL writer: Amendola is a Boston sports legend due to his clutch performances in the playoffs. He scored two game-tying touchdowns — including a famous one from the arm of Julian Edelman — in 2014 against the Ravens, a fourth-quarter TD in the Super Bowl against the Seahawks, a fourth-quarter touchdown and a game-tying 2- point conversion in the 28-3 Super Bowl comeback against the Falcons and a couple of final-quarter touchdowns in another comeback in the 2017 AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars.
Tom Brady always looked Amendola’s way in the most important times.