FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Former Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro got to the New York Jets' facility early Friday morning and headed to Adam Gase's office to deliver his surprising news.
The 28-year-old kicker chose to retire from playing football after a shaky start to training camp.
"He came in and told me that he was done, retiring," Gase said Sunday, a few hours after the team announced Catanzaro's decision.
Catanzaro signed with New York during the offseason for a second stint with the team, but struggled with consistency during camp. He then missed two extra points in the Jets' 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Giants on Thursday night.
Apparently, that cemented Catanzaro's decision.
"What a ride," Catanzaro wrote on Instagram. "God has blessed me far more than I deserve. When I finished my career at Clemson, playing in the NFL was just a dream. After five years in the league, it's time to move on. I can't say I ever thought I would've been a kicker, but I'm thankful that kicking chose me."
Catanzaro spent his first three NFL seasons with Arizona, including setting the franchise rookie record with 114 points in 2014. He joined New York in 2017, and then played for Tampa Bay and Carolina last season. Catanzaro converted 83.8% of his career field goal attempts, and was 92.9% successful on extra points.