Jared Abbrederis made a name for himself at Wisconsin, becoming one of the program’s best wide receivers in its storied history.
However, his NFL career didn’t go quite as planned. As a result, the former Wisconsin star announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday.
Abbrederis made the announcement on Twitter. Here is the tweet below:
— Jared Abbrederis (@abbrecadabra) January 5, 2018
Abbrederis joined Wisconsin as a walk on quarterback in 2009, and ended his collegiate career in 2013 as one of the best receivers in the Big Ten. In 53 career games with the Badgers, Abbrederis — who grew up in Wisconsin — made 202 receptions for 3,140 yards and 23 touchdowns. He is ranked No. 2 in program history in receiving yards and touchdown catches.
With his 202 career receptions, he is tied with Brandon Williams for the most career catches in Wisconsin history. In addition, Abbrederis holds Wisconsin’s record for most catches in a single season (78 in 2013), and is one of three players in program history to record more than 200 yards in a game (207 vs. Ohio State in 2013).
Abbrederis was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2014, but a torn ACL prevented him from playing at all in the 2014 season. In 2015 and ’16, Abbrederis played in 15 total regular season games with the Packers, where he combined to make 10 catches for 119 yards. He also played in 2 playoff games in 2015 where he made 6 receptions for 69 yards. Injuries, however, prevented Abbrederis from playing more.
He was signed by the Detroit Lions in 2017, where he played in 7 games and made 3 catches for 44 yards. However, that would be the last time he played professional football, as the Lions waived him in November.
While his NFL career may not have gone the way he and many others had hoped, Wisconsin fans will always remember Abbrederis for his time as a Badger.