Johnathan Joseph he enjoyed one of the longest careers among modern yards, lasting 15 seasons. The full cover man has announced (via Twitter) Thursday will not attempt to play a 16th NFL campaign, instead choosing retirement.
A former Bengals first-round pick, Joseph has spent most of his career in Cincinnati and Houston. However, he spent time in Tennessee and Arizona in his final season. Overall, Joseph played in 211 games and recorded 192 games during a career that included two Pro Bowls.
The South Carolina alumni showed off a skill to find the end zone during his career, intercepting 32 passes and picking up seven for touchdowns. Joseph, 37, will leave the game tied for seventh time in pick-sixes – next to Hall of Fame Ed Reed, Ty Law, Lem Barney and Herb Adderley. Joseph added a comeback for a point in 2008. While Joseph will not finish in the Hall of Fame as his six contemporaries, he was considered one of the best cornerstones in the NFL for several seasons during his first season. .
Joseph added two post-season interceptions, both of which came to Houston with wild-card wins over the Bengals. He played a key role in Houston’s elevation to those January games of early 2010, which doubled as the franchise’s initial playoff appearance. The 5-foot-11 defender made it to the Pro Bowl in those seasons. The Texans gave Joseph a five-year, $ 48.75 million contract in 2011. He did well enough that the team extended it – on a three-year, $ 22 million deal – in the summer of 2015. Joseph ended up surviving both AJ Boiled and first-round pick Kevin Johnson in Houston. Johnson he chose to retire this month too.
With the Bengals in 2009, Joseph scored six high-career INT goals to help the franchise win the AFC North championship. Joseph signed with the Titans last year but couldn’t help much with an excessive defense, even though he added an extra INT to his career. The Titans released him in November, but he was caught soon after with a familiar face. Joseph ended his career with the Cardinals, playing for former Texan coach Vance Joseph.