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Former Bengal Jordan Shipley retires

By on 2/21/2014 11:43:00 PM

Former Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonvile Jaguars wide receiver Jordan Shipley has retired, CBSSports reported.

Shipley was drafted out of Texas in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft.  In two seasons in Cincinnati, Shipley totaled 56 catches for over 600 yards and three touchdowns.

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Without a doubt, his best game as a pro came against the Atlanta Falcons his rookie season, when he hauled in six catches for 131 yards.

He battled injuries throughout his career.  A hit by Browns' safety T.J. Ward left him with a concussion that forced him to miss a game in 2010.  In 2011, he tore his medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament against the Denver Broncos in week two.

Those two injuries, the selection of A.J. Green and the emergence of Andrew Hawkins caused Shipley to be released by the Bengals in 2012.

At the time of his release, Shipley said "I am honestly not sure what (the Bengals') thought process was."

Tampa Bay picked him up, and after an injury to Preston Parker, he played in six games for the team, totaling two more touchdowns.  The Bucs released him after a fumbled punt return, after which he signed with the Jaguars.  

Jacksonville released him on Sept. 1, 2013.

Shipley's post NFL career is already in full swing, however.  He apparently is joining the Outdoor Channel as the "occasional" host of a pair of hunting shows.


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