Jesse Armstead

Armstead Retires As a Giant

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Jessie Armstead grew up in Dallas Cowboys country and wore a Washington Redskins uniform for two seasons, but his NFL heart beats only for the Giants. Armstead joined the team as an eighth-round draft choice in 1993 and left after the 2001 season. In nine years, he never missed a game, went to five consecutive Pro Bowls and helped lead the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV.

“I’ll always be a Giant,” Armstead said this week.

Today, Armstead guaranteed he would be a Giant forever. Four years after playing his final NFL game, Armstead signed a one-day contract so he could officially retire as a Giant.

“I always said I wanted to come back and make sure I retire a Giant,” Armstead said. “It’s an honor for them to actually sign me back and let me retire with them. When Dallas did it for Emmitt (Smith), they felt the same way. I had my mind made up before Emmitt, but then when he did it, it opened the doors where I can say hey, ‘There’s a possibility.’

Jesse Armstead Officially Retires as a NY Giant

LB Jesse Armstead has officially retired as a Giant. At a press conference, Strahan and WR Amani Toomer recalled a few memories of Armstead's career. Strahan recalled Armstead's interception for a touchdown that was negated by a penalty in Super Bowl XXXV. Toomer told a story about his first day of practice with the Giants when he and Armstead traded shoves after a play. Armstead responded by getting in Toomer's face, causing the second-round pick to think, "This is a different league."