Brandon Lloyd Retires After 11 Year Career

Brandon Lloyd, San Francisco 49ers Wide Receiver, announced he will be hanging up his shoulder pads. After 11 years, the 34 year-old, has decided to call it quits on his football career.

Lloyd issued a recent statement, through NFL Network’s Albert Breer, in regard to his decision to retire.

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“I do not have one regret, and I am blessed to leave the game in such a healthy and happy place. I will do all I can to positively represent the league and its players for the rest of my life. I am so thankful for the years I spent in the NFL. I do not have one regret, and I am blessed to leave the game in such a healthy and happy place. I will do all I can to positively represent the league and its players for the rest of my life.”

The 6 ft., 200 lb., Missouri native logged impressive stats during his long-reaching career. Despite his smaller size, Lloyd’s first three years in his NFL football career were inspiring. As a fourth round pick in 2003 for San Francisco 49ers, Lloyd ran 1510 total yards, with a remarkable 12 touchdowns. In 2006 and 2007, while playing for the Washington Redskins, the stats were markedly lower, 379 total yards, without a completed touchdown. A slow 2008 season with the Chicago Bears garnered 364 yards, and no touchdowns.

Undoubtedly, his greatest career triumph were the years 2009-2011, while playing for the Denver Broncos. Running for 1,848 total yards, he logged 11 touchdowns. Playing for the New England Patriots, Lloyd ran for 911 yards, completing 4 touchdowns. After sitting out the 2013 season, and several trades later, Lloyd finished his career exactly where he started, with the San Francisco 49ers, with 294 yards and one touchdown.

Nehemiah Andrade, former Semi-Pro player for the California Rhinos and an admitted extreme 49ers fan, asserts the following.

“He made the most jaw dropping, amazing catches you will ever see. As a die-hard Niner’s fan, he was one of my favorite players. I’m a huge of his, not only for his ability to play WR really well, but just as a man and how he conducted himself. He will be missed.”

Brandon Lloyd ends 11 year career Brandon Lloyd #83 for the St. Louis Rams at Arlington, Texas [Photo by Layne Murdoch/Getty Images]In 2010, Brandon Lloyd took a brief hiatus from football to star in a zombie movie, despite the fact that the Patriots and 49ers were interested in him. Inquisitr writer Scott Crocker speculated on the move by saying, “Apparently tired of the NFL, the one time 1,000 yard receiver will next be seen in the zombie movie After Effect. The mystery still remains why Brandon Lloyd chose to star in a zombie movie instead of playing football. Maybe the 10-year veteran was just physically and mentally exhausted from the tolls of the NFL season. He never did find a stable team.”

The movie never hit theaters and instead hit Walmart stores in a production to DVD piece. Lloyd plays a military member going after college aged students who are part of an experiment conducted by the government.

Lloyd, NFL Wide Receiver turned actor, was not satisfied stopping there. He also has 27 songs under his belt. Going by the name B. Lloyd, he belts out Hip Hop/Rap/R&B tunes for fans to enjoy.

As a child he was told that he could be anything he wanted to be when he grew up. It seems he wasn’t satisfied with one career path, so he set out to gain fame and fortune in three.

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