Linebacker Jon Beason has retired from, the Giants said on Wednesday.
"I always tried to give my all and be competitive," Beason said. "I wanted to go out and continue to play at a high level, giving my all. I was able to do that."
Beason, a former first-round draft choice and a three-time Pro Bowler, played 93 regular-season games (90 starts) in nine seasons. His career totals included 829 tackles (572 solo), 10 interceptions and 4.0 sacks, the Giants said.
"I was able to have some success and set the pace and break records - things I never even really paid attention to until after the fact," Beason said. "I couldn't have scripted a better story, coming in as a first-round pick and starting in my first NFL game and setting the club high in tackles, and then breaking it every other year that I played, the Pro Bowls, the All-Pro's, pinching myself, getting the big contract based on what I had already done; being rewarded for all that was a great feeling. I know that I'm very, very fortunate to have that moment, to have those memories of a certain period of time where I was a big deal."
Beason was traded to the Giants in 2013 and finished second on the team with 98 tackles (75 solo), despite playing in just 12 games.
"That first year, it was quite a story," he said. "We experienced a lot of success once I got there. (I'm) not saying it was because of me, but the timing of it, winning seven of nine, having an opportunity to win five games straight after an 0-6 start was special, and showed the type of guys we had in the locker room. It's just crazy what can happen when everybody buys in and gives of themselves for a cause. It couldn't have been scripted any better for me personally."
Beason was elected a Giants captain in 2014 and 2015.