There have been rumours that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is leaving the NFL after 17 years.
On Thursday, Fred Jackson, a former teammate of Fitzpatrick’s with the Buffalo Bills, tweeted a text message from Fitzpatrick that said, “Forever grateful for the trip.”
After spending time with the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Washington Football Team, Fitzpatrick called it quits after nine seasons in the NFL.
For his career, he had an 82.3 passer rating after throwing for 34,990 yards, 223 touchdowns, and 169 picks.
Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick is The Only NFL Player Who Played With Eight Teams
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick was born on November 24, 1982. He spent 17 years in the league.
Fitzpatrick set a record by starting at quarterback for the most clubs in NFL history with nine.
He also has the unique distinction of being the first player in NFL history to score a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown for eight separate franchises.
Fitzpatrick was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft after making history as the first quarterback in Harvard football history to gain over 1,000 running yards.
His only winning seasons came with the 2015 New York Jets and the 2020 Miami Dolphins, both of whom he played for for a total of four seasons.
In 2018, while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he set a record by being the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 400 yards in each of three consecutive games.
What struck me most about Fitzpatrick, especially as his NFL career progressed, was how much he seemed to genuinely enjoy the game.
This was a sentiment shared by NFL senior writer Lindsay Jones. Even in his late 30s, he didn’t view it as work, and he was determined to enjoy himself whether he started or came off the bench.
In 2021, Ryan Fitzpatrick will play for his ninth different team, making his career all the more intriguing.
Let’s take a look back at a career that has seen Fitzpatrick play in five different conferences, win Offensive Player of the Week honours five times in the American Football Conference.
Three times in the National Football Conference, and once in the American Football Conference for the month of October.