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Jets' Abraham announces his retirement

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (July 18, 2005) -- New York Jets cornerback Donnie Abraham retired, ending his nine-year career to spend more time with his family.

Abraham, who told the team last week that he planned to quit, spent the last three seasons with the Jets after starting his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"This is an opportunity for me to spend more time with my children and pursue personal business interests," Abraham said in a statement. "This was a tough call to make because of how well the Jets organization has treated me as a player and a person, and how much I enjoy playing with the guys on this team.

"They demonstrated a commitment to me, and I am very optimistic for the team this coming season."

Abraham played in 132 regular-season games and finished with 475 tackles, 38 interceptions, 154 passes defensed, eight fumbles recovered, two forced fumbles and two sacks. During the 2000 season, he had 63 tackles, seven interceptions, one forced fumble and 27 passes defensed on his way to earning a starting Pro Bowl selection.

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