NFL wide receiver Cole Beasley is ending his career after 11 seasons and just two games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Beasley signed with the Tampa Bay practice squad on September 20 and appeared in two games against the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kansas City Chiefs before hanging up the boots on Wednesday.
“He’s ready to be with his family after playing 11 seasons, and it’s time to be a full-time father and husband,” Beasley’s agent Joel Turner told ESPN.
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“His wife and kids are still at home in Texas. They went out for the first game, they went through the evacuation last week, which the Tampa Bay organization hasn’t gotten anywhere near the credit they deserve for the way they handled [Hurricane Ian] — nothing but first class from the Glazer family, [general manager] Jason [Licht] Y [coach] Todd [Bowles]. She no longer wants to part with them. He loves his wife and his children and wants to be with them.”
Beasley was attacked five times by Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Bradycatching four passes for 17 yards.
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Before signing with Tampa Bay, Beasley had not been with a team since being released by the Buffalo Bills in March after spending the past three seasons with the organization.
In 2021, Beasley had 82 receptions for 693 yards, a year in which the 33-year-old made headlines for his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Beasley, who went unvaccinated against COVID-19 during a season in which the vaccine was a hotly debated topic, was fined approximately $100,000 for repeatedly violating COVID-19 protocols during the 2021 season, according to ESPN.
In his 11 seasons, Beasley had 554 catches for 5,726 yards and 24 touchdowns.
He spent the first seven years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, joining them as an undrafted free agent from SMU.
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“For a young man who came out of SMU and didn’t get invited to a single All-Star game, who prepared for his professional day by working out alone on campus, and who was passed through as an undrafted free agent by 31 other NFL teams with just the The Dallas Cowboys offered him a contract, he’s had an incredible career,” Beasley’s agent told ESPN.
“We couldn’t be more proud of him in every facet and appreciate every organization he played for and allowed him to live the American dream. Cole always gave it his all.”