cloudyn.png
Wednesday August 17th, 2022 4:19AM

3-time Pro Bowl safety, activist Malcolm Jenkins retires

By The Associated Press

Malcolm Jenkins is retiring after a 13-year NFL career in which he established himself as one of the league’s best all-around safeties, most durable players and leading voices for social justice.

Jenkins helped both the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles win their only Super Bowl and made a major impact off the field as an activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

“I’ve been playing football since I was 7 years old, and I’ve accomplished so much in that time,” Jenkins told The Associated Press. “When I set out to have my career, I wanted to change the game or at least have an impact on the game, not only on the field but off the field. ... Made the Pro Bowls and had all the accolades and really I felt I left a mark on the game that was my own unique way, and I think, at this point, I’m really excited to pour all that energy and effort that I put into excelling in football into doing some of the other things in life, some of the projects that I have a passion for and it’s just that time for me.”

The 34-year-old Jenkins was selected by the Saints as a cornerback in the first round of the 2009 draft out of Ohio State. He switched to safety the following season and thrived. He left New Orleans for Philadelphia in 2014 and started every game during six seasons with the Eagles. He made three Pro Bowls and was an instrumental leader on the 2017 Eagles team that won the Super Bowl despite losing starting quarterback Carson Wentz and several key starters.

Jenkins played 2,651 consecutive snaps from the start of the 2017 playoffs through part of the 2020 season in New Orleans. He returned to the Saints that year and helped them go 4-0 against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers in the regular season the past two years. However, Tampa Bay beat New Orleans in the 2020 playoffs in Drew Brees’ final game.

“I think competition is probably the biggest thing that I’ll miss about the game,” Jenkins said. “I am admittedly a junkie for competition. I’ll compete with my grandmother in Monopoly like it’s the Super Bowl, so I have to find different ways to channel that energy. But there is no higher competition than Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, especially in the NFC South.”

Jenkins helped create the Players Coalition to fight for racial and social equality and served on the NFLPA Executive Committee board. He was named a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, becoming the first Black professional athlete to be honored with the esteemed fellowship.

Jenkins has co-founded several businesses, including Listen Up Media, a multimedia production company with the mission to showcase and distribute content that creates social awareness around systemic issues in society. He launched Broad Street Ventures, a $10 million investment vehicle funded entirely by Black and brown investors, including a group of fellow NFL players. He started Disrupt Foods, a multiunit franchise developer and operator of 20-plus quick service restaurants aiming to level the economic playing field for Blacks and Hispanics through franchise ownership. He opened Damari, a custom clothing company including ready-to-wear and made-to-measure men’s suits.

A three-time NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year finalist and winner of the 2017 NFLPA Byron “Whizzer” White Award, Jenkins aims to make a positive difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities through The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation.

“There is some relief to be able to have the space to put that same effort into all of these other endeavors, but I do think that it comes with some anxiety,” Jenkins said. “While those things have been great to work on, football has been all I’ve known for a large majority of my life. It becomes part of your identity, it becomes part of who you are. And so I do think that there is a little bit of anxiety with letting that go, but it’s met immediately with excitement.

“I truly believe in myself and my abilities to do other things. And so to be able to step into that, it is a little bit exciting going into the unknown. It’s not like I’m just jumping off the cliff into the abyss. I’ve been building things for the last five years with my team around me, doing other business ventures to make sure that when I do step away from this game, I’m fine. I am looking forward to working on some of the creative things that I have, some of the aspects of me that people don’t get to see because I’m stuck in the box of being an athlete.”

___

More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/nfl and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2022 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hungary accuses Ukraine of interfering in upcoming election
Hungary’s foreign minister has accused Ukraine’s leadership of attempting to interfere in the upcoming Hungarian election
10:01AM ( 14 minutes ago )
Russia war ends era of globalization that kept inflation low
For decades, the free flow of trade across much of the world allowed the richest nations to enjoy easy access to low-priced goods and supplies
10:00AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Wall Street opens lower as government revises 4Q growth
Wall Street is opening lower, giving back some of its solid day-earlier gains, when investors rallied on news of possible progress in ending Russia’s war on Ukraine
9:55AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Medvedev closes in on No. 1 ranking; Osaka to Miami semis
Daniil Medvedev is one win away from returning to No. 1
7:52AM ( 2 hours ago )
Close to reaching World Cup, US looks to avoid last-day flop
American soccer’s harrowing memory of the loss in Trinidad 4 1/2 years ago remains omnipresent, if no longer raw
2:02AM ( 8 hours ago )
Colorado beats Calgary 2-1 in clash of West division leaders
Valeri Nichushkin scored twice and Darcy Keumper stopped 44 shots as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 in a matchup of Western Conference division leaders
1:55AM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Sports
Blank says Falcons' talks with Watson were only preliminary
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank says the team had only preliminary interest in dealing for Deshaun Watson before the quarterback accepted a trade to Cleveland
4:53PM ( 17 hours ago )
Bills deal renews debate over public dollars for arenas
New York looks poised to become the next place to give a huge subsidy to a professional sports arena, despite questions about whether the civic pride of having a team justifies giving so much public money to a private business
2:01PM ( 20 hours ago )
NFL's Inspire Change ahead of monetary schedule in Year 5
When the NFL launched its Inspire Change program in 2017, the goal was to reach $250 million over 10 years in its commitment to social justice initiatives
3:04AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Online Football
Celebrities: Monkeys near Florida airport delight visitors
For 70 years a group of non-native monkeys has made their home next to a South Florida airport runway, delighting visitors and becoming local celebrities
1:09AM ( 9 hours ago )
Foo Fighters cancel all dates following drummer's death
Foo Fighters have canceled all upcoming concert dates following the death of the band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins
10:47PM ( 11 hours ago )
Will Smith would face little more than a slap if charged
Legal experts say Will Smith’s slap seen ’round the world at the Oscars was clearly a crime
8:20PM ( 13 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Will Smith apologizes: 'I was out of line and I was wrong'
Will Smith has apologized to Chris Rock for slapping the comedian onstage at Sunday’s Oscars, writing in a statement that he was “out of line” and “wrong.”
12:44PM ( 21 hours ago )
UK Queen shrugs of health issues in attending Philip service
Queen Elizabeth II has walked into Westminster Abbey through a side door to make good on her wish to attend a memorial service for her beloved husband Prince Philip
10:39AM ( 23 hours ago )
From Hollywood's illusion factory, some unexpected reality
In the minutes and hours after Will Smith accosted and slapped Chris Rock before a live Oscars audience of millions, many people hurried to social media platforms
8:21AM ( 1 day ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Mariota eager to live up to expectations as Falcons new QB
Marcus Mariota has already addressed the most immediate issue with his new team
7:03PM ( 4 days ago )
Browns' QB Deshaun Watson: "I've never assaulted any woman"
New Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson maintained his innocence and strongly denied committing any sexual misconduct despite allegations made by 22 women against him
5:59PM ( 4 days ago )
Black News Channel shuts down days after ratings high
The Black News Channel shut down on Friday after failing to meet its payroll and losing the support of its chief investor, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn
4:27PM ( 4 days ago )
AP Sports - NFL
Hungary accuses Ukraine of interfering in upcoming election
Hungary’s foreign minister has accused Ukraine’s leadership of attempting to interfere in the upcoming Hungarian election
10:01AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Russia war ends era of globalization that kept inflation low
For decades, the free flow of trade across much of the world allowed the richest nations to enjoy easy access to low-priced goods and supplies
10:00AM ( 15 minutes ago )
Wall Street opens lower as government revises 4Q growth
Wall Street is opening lower, giving back some of its solid day-earlier gains, when investors rallied on news of possible progress in ending Russia’s war on Ukraine
9:55AM ( 20 minutes ago )
Number of Ukraine refugees passes worst-case U.N. estimate
The U.N. refugee agency says more than 4 million refugees have fled Ukraine since Russian troops invaded the country
9:47AM ( 29 minutes ago )
Live updates: Ukraine says peace deal vote requires pullback
An adviser to Ukraine’s president says that a vote sealing a prospective agreement with Russia could only be held after Russian troops pull back
9:45AM ( 30 minutes ago )