Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro retires after shaky start to camp

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Published 9:34 a.m. ET Aug. 11, 2019 | Updated 11:28 p.m. ET Aug. 11, 2019

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Chandler Catanzaro got to the New York Jets’ facility early Friday morning and headed to Adam Gase’s office to deliver his surprising news.

The 28-year-old kicker chose to retire from playing football after a shaky start to training camp.

“He came in and told me that he was done, retiring,” Gase said Sunday, a few hours after the team announced Catanzaro’s decision.

Catanzaro signed with New York during the offseason for a second stint with the team, but struggled with consistency during camp. He then missed two extra points in the Jets’ 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Giants on Thursday night.

Apparently, that cemented Catanzaro’s decision.

“What a ride,” Catanzaro wrote on Instagram. “God has blessed me far more than I deserve. When I finished my career at Clemson, playing in the NFL was just a dream. After five…

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