During the late 2000s, Brandon Jacobs became the latest in a long line of successful New York Giants running backs.
Much like Tiki Barber, Jacobs used his size to force defenders to the ground and pick up extra yardage. Although he never made a Pro Bowl or an All-Pro team, Jacobs’ scoring prowess and bruising play style made him a fan favorite in New York.
Nearly seven years after he played his final down for the New York Giants, Jacobs has found a successful second career in coaching young players.
Brandon Jacobs was a bruising running back
Brandon Jacobs defined a big, bruising running back at 6 feet 4 inches and weighing over 260 pounds.
The New York Giants used a fourth-round pick on Jacobs in the 2005 NFL draft and teamed him up with Tiki Barber, the veteran standout. Although Jacobs only averaged 2.6 yards per carry on 38 attempts in 2005, the rookie scored seven touchdowns.
Jacobs added another nine touchdowns on 4.4 yards per attempt in 2006. When Barber retired after the 2006 season, Jacobs got his big break. Jacobs ran for 1,009 yards and four touchdowns in 2007.
He ran for another 197 yards and three touchdowns in four games en route to the Giants’ Super Bowl victory.
Jacobs left a lasting legacy in New York
Brandon Jacobs followed up his breakout 2007 season with 1,089 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 13 games during the 2008 campaign.
The duo of Jacobs and Derrick Ward joined a rare club when they each ran for over 1,000 yards in 2008. Ward, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the season, ended the year with 1,025 yards on 5.6 yards per attempt.
Jacobs’ overall numbers dipped to 835 yards and five touchdowns on 3.7 yards per carry in 2009.
Despite an early-season incident involving a thrown helmet into the stands, Jacobs rebounded with 823 yards and nine touchdowns on 5.6 yards per try in 2010.
That was the last of Jacobs as a productive NFL running back, though. Jacobs averaged fewer than four yards per carry in 2011 — although he ran for 164 yards and a touchdown during another postseason which ended with the Giants winning the Super Bowl — and briefly spent 2012 in San Francisco.
Jacobs closed his career with 238 yards and four touchdowns in seven games for the Giants in 2013.
Brandon Jacobs is now a youth football coach
Brandon Jacobs played his final NFL down at 31 years old.
In the nearly seven years since his last game, Jacobs has remained close to football in another way. Jacobs is now a youth football coach in Georgia.
In a February 2019 interview with Prime Time Sports Talk, Jacobs called coaching “one of my passions.”
“I coach high school football, I coach little kids as well, I love working with the kids, there’s not a lot of kids playing football and I try to put myself in a place where parents trust and believe in the coaching and in the ways I develop kids to play the game the right way.”
According to Spotrac, Jacobs earned $24.7 million in the NFL. He has used that money and experience to give back and prepare the next generation for their own lives on the gridiron.
All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.