On Monday, former New York Giants center Shaun O’Hara came back to the Timex Performance Center to officially announce his retirement. O’Hara, who didn’t play last season after the Giants decided to let him go in favor of free agent David Baas, joined the NFL in 2000 with the Cleveland Browns and joined the Giants in 2004.
The New Jersey native attended Hillsborough High School before walking on at Rutgers. He would sign with the Browns as an undrafted free agent and would go on to appear in one Super Bowl and 3 Pro Bowls.
O’Hara, 35, last played in 2010, a season in which he appeared in only six games because of knee and ankle problems. The Giants let him go while he was trying to rehab from those injuries and a few NFL teams gave him a call but ultimately decided to pass on the center.
“I’ve been dreading this moment my entire career,” O’Hara said. “Admitting to myself, as well as publicly, that my body can no longer keep up with the demands of being a professional athlete. I wasn’t the most gifted athlete, but I learned early on in my life that perseverance is more valuable than talent. I can honestly say that I squeezed every ounce of ability out of my body and I have no regrets.”
No regrets. When it’s all said and done and you can look back on any career you have chosen as an individual and say you have no regrets then you know you have had a pretty satisfying career regardless of what it was.
While O’Hara is now officially done playing football it doesn’t mean he is walking away from the game. After reaching out to former teammates, including Michael Strahan, O’Hara has decided to join the NFL Network as an analyst. Strahan has gone on to a pretty successful post-NFL career, appearing on Fox’s pregame show and now joining Kelly Ripa on “Live” on ABC.
O’Hara should bring a unique perspective to the NFL Network as he has been through almost everything a player can go through, from being undrafted and struggling to make a team to being a Pro Bowler to Super Bowl champion.