Former New England Patriots wide receiver and two-time Super Bowl champion Danny Amendola announced his retirement today after 13 seasons, NFL insider Adam Schefter announced in a tweet on Monday afternoon.
Amendola spent his career playing for five different NFL teams, most notably the St. Louis Rams from 2009 to 2012 and the Patriots from 2013 to 2017. Amendola finished his career with the Houston Texans.
Amendola left his mark on New England during his five seasons with the team, notably as a clutch performer in the playoffs. In his 13 career playoff games (all with the Patriots), Amendola tallied 709 yards and six touchdowns. He also had two fantastic playoff games when New England was without top slot receiver Julian Edelman in the 2017-2018 postseason, in which he racked up 112 receiving yards against the Tennesee Titans and 152 receiving yards against the Philadelphia Eagles. In the AFC Championship following the 2017 season, Amendola caught both touchdown passes that capped New England’s seven-point four-quarter comeback against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Amendola’s postseason success isn’t limited to that run, however. He was also on the receiving end of Edelman’s touchdown pass in a divisional-round game against the Baltimore Ravens after the 2014 season. And, of course, Amendola converted multiple clutch third downs in New England’s legendary Super Bowl LI comeback against the Atlanta Falcons and scored the 2-point conversion that tied the game at the end of the fourth quarter.
While he was never the focal point of the offense for either of his Super Bowl victories with the Patriots, his late-game heroics in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks as well as the Falcons in Super Bowl LI made him an integral cog in New England’s offense for both titles.
Amendola may have finished his playing career but he intends to explore a career in NFL broadcasting, according to ESPN.