Former Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons

Ryan Fitzpatrick speaks to the press after a Jets game in 2015.
Ryan Fitzpatrick speaks to the press after a Jets game in 2015.

Former Jet quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring from the NFL after 17 seasons, he announced on Thursday. 

The 39-year-old journeyman started games for 9 different NFL franchises throughout his career (an NFL record for quarterbacks), including a 2-year stint with Gang Green in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. 

His tenure at MetLife Stadium started out well, as the Jets posted a solid 10–6 record in his first season with the Jets — as Fitzpatrick recorded a solid 59.6% completion percentage, while tossing 31 touchdowns. Still, the Jets failed to make the playoffs, as the 12-win Patriots captured the division. 

The following year saw the Jets make a significant downturn, as they won just 5 games under the leadership of then-head coach Todd Bowles. In 14 games that season, Fitzpatrick saw a measly 12 touchdowns, while recording 17 interceptions. 

As a gun-for-hire, who never spent more than 4 seasons with a single franchise, and who has never played in a playoff game, Fitzpatrick’s career had been marred by his tendency to throw questionable passes that often ended up in the hands of opposing defensive backs. 

In his career, Fitzpatrick has a 223–169 touchdown-to-interception ratio. 

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While Jets fans will remember him for his play under center in north Jersey, upstate New Yorkers will also recall the bearded passer for his 4 seasons as a member of the Buffalo Bills between 2009 and 2012. 

That stint, which was relative-longevity for Fitzpatrick, saw a putrid 22–42 record, and they finished last in the NFC East each of those years. 

Fitzpatrick most recently played for the then-unnamed Washington team, though he suffered a hip injury in the opening game of 2021, which ended his season.

Now, that has proven to be his last game in an NFL uniform.

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