Erik Ainge QB NYJ Apr 03 '77
Jets backup QB Erik Ainge has decided to retire from football.
Ainge cited January foot surgery and a recent diagnosis of a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder as the primary reasons. The 2008 fifth-rounder said walking away from the game "isn't the next step I wanted, but it's the hand I'm dealt." After battling serious drug addiction the past couple of years, Ainge was no longer in the Jets' long-term plans. He never threw a regular-season NFL pass.