Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 3/13/12

In 2003, TJ Ford was selected 8th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks after starring at the University of Texas. Eight seasons later, back again in Texas this past Monday as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, TJ Ford hung up the Nike Airs for the final time as he announced his retirement from the NBA.

This according to the AP:

San Antonio Spurs guard T.J. Ford announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, saying his departure was for the best after the latest in a series of neck and spine injuries.

Ford, who turns 29 next week, averaged 3.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.3 rebounds a game in limited playing time over 14 games with the Spurs this season, his eighth in the NBA.

"Official 'I Retire from the NBA' as of today," Ford posted on his Twitter page. "Thanks to all my fans who follow my career since a kid from all over the world. Basketball has been great to me & my family for 28yrs.

"Today will be a new beginning in life"

Ford, who played collegiately at the nearby University of Texas, has been nagged by neck injuries, the most recent coming last Wednesday in a victory over New York.

"While this was a tough decision to make, it is what is best for me and my family at this time," Ford said in a statement. "Regardless of what the future holds, I will carry the experiences, the friendships and the memories with me forever."

When he first entered the League, before the injuries caught up with him, Ford was a lightning quick lead guard who could dictate the tempo of an NBA game. The spinal injury he suffered that forced him to miss the entire 2004-05 season looked like something he probably shouldn't have come back from either when they rolled him off the court that night. To his credit, he did play his way back into the shape though, and enjoyed some quality seasons in the NBA from there. 

In 2008 he had his best year, as an Indiana Pacer, when he averaging 14.9 points, 5.3 dimes, and 3.5 rebounds  For his career he averaged 11.2, 5.8, and 3.1 per game, which is probably better than most people realized. He suffered a stinger earlier this week and was contemplating sitting out the rest of the season before eventually making the retirement decision. Best of luck to TJ Ford from here, class guy.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Owners didn't want NFL to appeal Brady ruling

Legal expert: Pats have case to recoup draft picks, $1M fine

Greg Hardy reportedly plans to appeal suspension

NFLPA issues statement on Brady ruling, criticizes Goodell

RGIII receives standing ovation at Redskins luncheon

Why are the New York Rangers being overlooked?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Titans DB McCourtey: Dorial Green-Bechkam is 'a beast'

J.R. Smith officially re-signs with Cavaliers

Gilbert Arenas’ assistant guilty of stealing $2 million

Peyton on when he’ll retire: ‘I don’t have those thoughts’

Ruling is in: Tom Brady's four-game suspension nullified

Saints season looking bleak as team is hit hard by injuries

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker