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Former Cardinals kicker retires after shaky start to camp

Arizona Cardinals kicker Chandler Catanzaro (7) walks off the field after missing a game winning field goal attempt against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 23-21. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro has retired after a shaky start to training camp.

The team announced Catanzaro’s decision Sunday. The Jets also signed kicker Taylor Bertolet to replace Catanzaro on the roster.

The 28-year-old Catanzaro signed with New York during the offseason for a second stint with the team. He struggled with consistency during camp, and then missed two extra points in the Jets’ 31-22 preseason-opening loss to the Giants on Thursday night.

 

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What a ride. 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 years in the league, it’s time to move on. I can’t say I ever thought I would’ve been a kicker, but I’m thankful that kicking chose me. I thank God for my ability every day, and I’m forever grateful for all the game of football has provided. I’ve been through the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between. I’ve learned so much about myself and about life through the game of football. I have no regrets. I worked my tail off and gave my absolute best every time I stepped onto the field. What will remain, however, are the relationships I’ve built along the way. I want to wholeheartedly thank everyone for the prayers and encouragement along my journey. For my parents and my family for tirelessly supporting me and my dreams. For my wife Mieke for her unconditional love and support and reminding me what is most important in life. For all of my teammates. For the coaches who believed in me the most- you know who you are. It’s time for the next chapter of my life. The best is yet to come!

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Catanzaro spent his first three NFL seasons with Arizona before joining New York in 2017.

During his time with Arizona, he made 78 of 92 field goals attempted and was successful on extra point attempts 93.2% of the time.

His longest field goal came during a Week 3 game at the Buffalo Bills from 60-yards out in the fourth quarter.

He played for Tampa Bay and Carolina last year.

Bertolet was impressive while with the Jets last summer before the team decided to go with veteran Jason Myers, who was selected to the Pro Bowl last season. Bertolet last kicked for the Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football.

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