Giants 2-time Super Bowl champion long-snapper Zak DeOssie retires

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – SEPTEMBER 18: Zak DeOssie #51 of the New York Giants takes the field before playing against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium on September 18, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — New York Giants long snapper and Pro Bowler Zak DeOssie has retired.

DeOssie, who spent all 13 of his seasons with the Giants, announced his retirement on Friday in a statement released by the team. The decision was known to many months ago, but DeOssie did not confirm it until now.

A 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Brown, he won Super Bowls with the Giants in his rookie year and again in the 2011 season. He earned Pro Bowl berths in 2008 and ’10.

“To everyone at the New York Football Giants — teammates, coaches, trainers, management, ownership, and everyone else who impacted my career and daily experience in big and small ways — I can’t thank you enough for the best 13 years of my life,” said DeOssie, who was an active member of the NFLPA’s executive committee.

The 36-year-old DeOssie didn’t miss a regular-season game in 11 of his 13 seasons. His contract was up after last season.

DeOssie’s father, Steve, also won a Super Bowl with the Giants in the 1990 season. Steve DeOssie was a long snapper and linebacker.

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