Donte Deayon, the diminutive cornerback who overcame long odds to carve out a productive NFL career, is retiring from football at age 29.
Deayon made the announcement on Thursday via social media.
Only God Could Write What’s Destined For Me. Thank You Everyone It Truly Has Been A Blessing Playing Football A Game I Love For 20 Years! 6 professional Years! Thank You God Happy Retirement To Me. #GoodEatz pic.twitter.com/FrRCSW4X6q
— Donte Deayon (@AyoItsND) March 2, 2023
Deayon, listed at 5-foot-9 and 159 pounds, made the New York Giants roster as a long-shot undrafted free agent out of Boise State back in 2016 and played three seasons for Big Blue.
During his time with the Giants, Deayon played in eight games with 16 total tackles. He signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Rams in 2019 where appeared in 13 games over three seasons and earned a Super Bowl ring as part of the Rams’ team that defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.