Multiple sources have confirmed that quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will be leaving the NFL after 17 years in the league.
On Thursday, Fred Jackson, a former teammate of Fitzpatrick’s with the Buffalo Bills, tweeted a text from Fitzpatrick that read, “Forever grateful for the trip.”
After spending time with the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets, Buccaneers, Dolphins, and Washington Football Team, Fitzpatrick, at age 39, was the epitome of the journeyman quarterback.
In his career, he had an 82.3 passer rating after throwing for 34,990 yards, 223 touchdowns, and 169 picks.
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Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick is The Only NFL Player Who Played With Eight Teams
American football quarterback Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982) spent 17 years in the NFL.
Fitzpatrick holds the record as the player who has started the most games as quarterback in a single season with the most different teams.
He also has the unique distinction of being the first player in NFL history to score a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown with eight separate franchises.
Fitzpatrick was the first quarterback in Harvard football history to gain over 1,000 running yards. The St. Louis Rams picked him up in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
With only two winning seasons under his belt, in 2015 with the New York Jets and 2020 with the Miami Dolphins, his longest tenure was with the Buffalo Bills.
Additionally, he made history in 2018 as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for over 400 yards in three consecutive games.
What Impression Did Fitzpatrick Leave on You?
Journalist Larry Holder on the NFL: Everything about Fitzpatrick was exciting, for better or bad. If Fitzpatrick has a bad game, he might make a lot of mistakes all at once.
Fitzpatrick would have a “Fitzmagic” game the following week. In Week 1 of the 2018 season, I was covering the Bucs’ game against the Saints when “Fitzmagic” debuted.
Imagine Joe Montana or Tom Brady with the way he played. With a passer rating of 156.2, Fitz threw for 417 yards on just 21 completions, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
At the Superdome, he beat Drew Brees 48-40. What struck me most about Fitzpatrick, especially as his NFL career wound down, 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.
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This next 2021 season will be Ryan Fitzpatrick’s ninth in the NFL. His career has been exciting to watch.
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.