Veteran WR Danny Amendola retires after 13 seasons, two Super Bowl titles : Veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola says he is retiring after 13 NFL seasons.
Amendola played for five teams including the New England Patriots, where he won two Super Bowl titles in 2014 and 2016.
The 36-year-old had 24 catches for 248 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Houston Texans.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Amendola, “Love Danny, he was a great player for us – very smart, tough, dependable, great hands, concentration.” “Glad we had him here, and he was definitely a big contributor to us. We’ve been very fortunate to have some good players in that (inside receiver) position (and) Danny ranks high in that group.”
His longest stint came in New England, where he became fully fit as a slot receiver and special teamer, catching 230 passes for 2,383 yards and, not to mention, the Super Bowls against the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta. Falcon plays many clutches on his way to victory.
Belichick noted receivers like Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman and Jacoby Meyers, saying, “Very reliable, very dependable. He was tough. He blocked. We’ve been very lucky to have some good players in that position.”
“The guys who have played at that spot are different, but they’ve all been productive and they’ve all brought some of the same characteristics into the inner receiver position. It’s been a very productive spot for us over the years, K. So many different types of plays through the medium, quarterback, play call, defense. We’ve been very lucky with the players that we have here, but Danny definitely ranks high in that group.”
In the later 13 games of the season, all for the Patriots, Amendola had 57 receptions for 709 yards and six touchdowns to earn the nickname “Playoff Danny”.
Not bad for a player who entered the league, before eventually falling out of favor with the Rams, and being bounced between two practice squads.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday of Amendola, “Loved Danny. He was a great player for us and had a lot of skill.” “Smart, tough, dependable. He was a really good football player and I’m glad we had him here. He was a big contributor when he was with us… a good football player.”
Amendola dropped out of Texas Tech in 2008 and spent his first year in the NFL on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad. He was in the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad in 2009 before landing with the St. Louis Rams in 2010. He played four seasons with the Rams before signing with the Patriots.
After New England, Amendola played for the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans. He played a limited role for the Texans last season.