Minnesota Vikings tight end Ben Ellefson, citing injury, retired from football on Thursday after three NFL seasons
Ellefson, 26, has appeared in four games with a start for Vikings last season, when he tackled three goals for 26 yards. Primarily a tightrope and special teams player, he was placed on the bench due to injury in October and was unable to return to action.
“Injuries are part of the game and although they are a big reason for me to continue, I am fortunate to be in a position where I can still leave the game as a player, ready to go. cope with whatever comes next in her life,” Ellefson wrote on her Instagram account.
During his careers with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2020) and Minnesota (2021-22), Ellefson played a total of 16 games (five starts) with four tackles to eight goals for 36 yards. Each season ends on the injured reserve list.
Ellefson, a native of Hawley, Minn., played at North Dakota State and signed with Jacksonville as an untrained free agent in 2020. He signed with Jacksonville. Vikings after the Jaguars released him in September 2021
“Thank you football for the friends you have brought into my life and the opportunities you have given me to pursue my dreams to the fullest,” Ellefson wrote. “I have been blessed on my way to have people believe in me, this has engulfed the doubters. So thank you to those who believe, for the opportunities you have given me. , help and support me in my endeavours.” this game all I can and to the best of my ability. The list is long and I’m lucky.
“Everybody’s story is different, and I’m proud to say that I’ve given football everything I’ve got.”