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David Garrard 'calling it quits' on NFL career

Garrard retires with the second-most passing yardage and touchdowns in Jaguars franchise history.

Sam Greenwood

Over two years removed from his last game, quarterback David Garrard's NFL career will come to a close, as the former-Jaguars player will "call it quits," according to reports. Ultimately, after stops with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, the only team Garrard ever played with was the Jaguars.

Garrard, 35, texted Adam Schein of Sirius XM Radio that he has "to call it quits" due to struggles with a knee injury that hasn't cooperated. He also texted Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle that he plans to retire as a Jaguar.

A fourth-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, Garrard took on a backup role in 2003 when first-round pick Byron Leftwich was given the starting spot. It wasn't until his sixth season in the NFL that the Jaguars elected to release Leftwich and make Garrard the full-time starter, which he found immediate success in, throwing 18 touchdowns and three interceptions to lead the Jaguars to the divisional round of the playoffs.

He signed a six-year, $60 million contract after his first season as starter, but was released prior to the 2011 regular season, as the Jaguars have yet to have a winning season since 2007.

Garrard's career finishes with 16,003 yards passing, 89 touchdowns and 54 interceptions in 86 career games, 76 of which were starts, all with the Jaguars.