Sport Former Pro Bowl cornerback Johnathan Joseph retires from NFL after 15-year career
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After 15 years in the NFL,has called it a career. The longtime cornerback, a former first-round draft pick of the and perhaps best known for his nine-year run with the , that he's retiring at the age of 37. A two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro honoree, Joseph was one of the most durable cover men of his time, appearing in more than 200 games and starting at least 40 for three different teams after entering the league in 2006.
"In the summer of 2006, I signed my first NFL contract with the Cincinnati Bengals," Joseph wrote on Twitter. "Fifteen years later, I can say I accomplished my childhood goal of making it to the NFL. I will never forget as a kid telling my father I wanted to be in the NFL."
Browns CB Greedy Williams participating in OTAs
Greedy Williams is on the comeback trail. After missing the entire 2020 season, the Browns cornerback has been participating in organized team activities.“It’s a great feeling,’’ Williams said. “Just being reunited with the team, going through the drills with them and things like that, it gives you the happiest moments.
Joseph did more than just make it to the NFL. In fact, it didn't take long for him to establish himself as a No. 1 corner, logging nine starts as a rookie before becoming a full-timer and registering four interceptions a year later. By 2009, he paired with former All-Proto form one of the league's top young corner duos, nabbing a career-high six picks. One of the prized free agents of 2011, when he signed a five-year, $48.5 million deal with Houston, Joseph proceeded to serve as one of the Texans' steadiest defenders of the next decade, intercepting 17 passes and missing just 11 games in nine years.
The South Carolina product closed his career in 2020 after a mutual split from the Texans in free agency. He spent half the season with the, making six starts for Tennessee before his release in November, then appearing in four games for the .
Opinion: The NFL needs to use Juneteenth to examine its race-norming past .
The NFL celebrates Juneteenth but the league should do is use this day to reflect on why it used race-norming against its Black players.In a memo to all teams that was destined to be leaked to the media, Goodell, in part, wrote: "This year, as we work together as a family and in our communities to combat the racial injustices that remain deeply rooted into the fabric of our society, the NFL will observe Juneteenth on Friday, June 19th as a recognized holiday and our league offices will be closed. It is a day to reflect on our past, but more importantly, consider how each one of us can continue to show up and band together to work toward a better future.