Rhett Ellison, a quietly consistent performer who was respected by his teammates and a mentor to his fellow tight ends, today announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons, the last three with the Giants.

Ellison suffered a concussion vs. the Jets on Nov. 10 and did not play in the final six games of the 2019 season.

In 10 games, he caught 18 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown, on a 28-yard throw from Daniel Jones vs. Arizona on Oct. 20.

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In that game against the Jets, Ellison caught a short Jones pass and turned it into a season-long 31-yard reception and helped set up the Giants’ first touchdown. It was Ellison’s longest reception in his three seasons with the Giants and longest since Dec. 10, 2015, when he had a career-long 41-yard gain playing for Minnesota at Arizona.

When he took the field that day, Ellison wasn’t thinking it would be his final NFL appearance. But he knew the possibility existed.

Flip the Page to Read his Statement: