Ohio State’s Malcolm Jenkins jumps around during the Wisconsin game. This is pretty funny, just watch that Twitter video. He has retired and was a leader inside and outside the field.
New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins retires from pro football
Jenkins had a 14-year NFL career with the Saints and the Philadelphia Eagles
Malcolm Jenkins announced his retirement already early April 2022 and effectively retired in January 2023.
He is also the only player who has ever been on a team that defeated both Tom Brady and Peyton Manning during a Super Bowl.
“Throughout his tenure with the New Orleans Saints, excellence, dependability, and consistency both on and off the field defined Malcolm Jenkins,” said Saints Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. “Malcolm is a special player and a special person. His consistency and ability to be counted on and to make plays were what defined him on the field. Off the field, he was a fabulous leader and developed into a great mentor for younger players. For him to be able to come back and to finish his career as a Saint was a great ending to a phenomenal career.”
Overall in a 13-year NFL career, where he spent seven seasons with New Orleans and six with Philadelphia, Jenkins played in 199 regular season games with 191 starts and recorded 1,284 tackles (911 solo), 13.5 sacks, 21 interceptions returned for 590 yards, seven brought back for touchdowns, 130 passes defensed, 17 forced fumbles, ten fumble recoveries, 44 special teams stops, three coverage forced fumbles, one special teams recovery and three blocked field goals. In seven seasons with the Saints, he played in 103 games with 95 starts and posted 564 tackles (401 solo), eight sacks, ten interceptions for 301 yards in returns, including three brought back for touchdowns, six forced fumbles and four recoveries. Until being sidelined by COVID-19 protocols in Week 16, Jenkins had started 133 consecutive games, playing virtually every defensive snap during the streak, which was the longest games started streak among active NFL players at the time. Jenkins also played in 14 postseason contests with 12 starts and added 87 tackles (62 solo), two sacks and eight passes defensed.
Immensely respected off the field, Jenkins was selected a team nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year both as a member of the Saints and the Eagles, three times overall. Through his Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, which he established in 2010 in his second season in the NFL, Jenkins worked to create positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities; by providing resources, innovative opportunities and experiences that will help them succeed in life. The Piscataway, N.J. native conducted numerous initiatives through the foundation in New Orleans, his home state of New Jersey, his college state of Ohio and in Philadelphia.