Ted Ginn Jr. is calling it a career.
Ginn announced Friday during a press conference at his alma mater Glenville High School that he is retiring from the NFL after 14 seasons in the league. He said he was looking forward to being able to spend more time with his family.
“Being the monument that I am to my city, to my school, to all my schools – Glenville, The Ohio State – the community, it was a hard decision, but it was one that had to be made,” Ginn said Friday. “I dedicated my life and my time to football my entire life until now, and being able to go out peacefully on a joy is all I wanted.”
Selected by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, Ginn caught 412 total passes for 5,742 yards and 33 touchdowns over the course of 14 seasons with six different NFL teams. He also had 68 carries for 468 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, 262 punt returns for 2,624 yards and four touchdowns and 307 kickoff returns for 6,899 yards and three touchdowns.
In his final NFL season, Ginn played in six games with the Chicago Bears, catching three passes for 40 yards and returning five punts for 24 yards. He went unsigned after the Bears released him in November.
Ginn made more than $40 million over the course of his lengthy NFL career, according to Spotrac.
Before the NFL, Ginn was an electric playmaker at Ohio State. In three seasons with the Buckeyes, Ginn had 135 catches for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns, 28 carries for 213 yards and three touchdowns, 64 punt returns for 900 yards and six touchdowns and 38 kickoff returns for 1,012 yards and two touchdowns. Ginn still holds Ohio State's school records for punt return touchdowns in a career (six) and a season (four).