Originally posted on Sportsnaut  |  By Jesse Reed  |  Last updated 2/16/17

Stacy had a breakout rookie season with the Rams before coming to the Jets. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former St. Louis Rams and New York Jets running back Zac Stacy has announced he is retiring from the game of football after just three seasons.

Would like to take this time to show appreciation to all those who have supported & were involved throughout my career. The game of football was more than a game to me. It was a life changer. Talk about a sport that teaches you the important values of faith, dedication, commitment, perseverance, work ethic , discipline and leadership which not only shaped me into a talented football player throughout the years but into a man. I am forever blessed & grateful for my many former coaches & teammates throughout the years, the resources & relationships that I've built playing this game, the platform & network that I've established playing this game & the numerous opportunities that I received on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays ( and the occasional Monday night) to do what I love to do.. and that's to play the game of football. But in reality , as much as we want to as players, we can't play this game forever. Father Time may have caught up to some. Some may have had a bad hand dealt in the business. Some had career ending injuries, like myself. Some simply felt like it was time. All different factors can play into why we leave this game but regardless of the reason, regardless of the circumstance, the game of football will always have my heart. Thanks Bibb County for playing me. Thanks Vanderbilt University for recruiting me. And last but not least I want to thank the National Football League, the former St Louis now Los Angeles Rams organization, the New York Jets organization for making my dream come true. It was an honor to represent both organizations on and off the field. When my mother asked me what what I wanted to do when I grow up, I told her I wanted to score a touchdown in the NFL. Think it's safe to say that she along with the rest of my family are very proud of me. As I journey off into the next chapter in life , Whatever the Lord has in store for me, I'm very positive that I won't have any problem succeeding in whatever I partake because of you FOOTBALL. For what you've taught me & what you've instilled in me. And for that, I am forever grateful. Much Love & Blessings Z Stacy 30

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Originally a fifth-round pick out of Vanderbilt, Stacy exploded onto the scene as a rookie with the Rams, rushing for 973 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013.

He then saw his production fall in 2014 due to injuries and the emergence of then-rookie Tre Mason out of Auburn, who took over as the starter. He was traded by the Rams to the Jets before the  2015 season after making it clear he wanted to move on.

Unfortunately a broken ankle derailed his 2015 campaign, and the Jets waived him last year after he failed a physical. Stacy never made it onto the field last year, leading him to make this decision to move on to life after football.

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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