In the end, David Garrard never played a single down for the Miami Dolphins. Not in pre-season and not in the regular season. Added as a potential starter to the roster last off-season by GM Jeff Ireland, Garrard suffered a knee injury while playing with his kids in his pool. The injury paved the way for a training camp battle between rookie Ryan Tannehill and Matt Moore.
Garrard’s time with the Dolphins was shorter than most QB’s that have come and gone over the last two decades but thank in part to HBO’s Hard Knocks, Dolphins fans got a close up glimpse of the QB who never would be.
Today, Garrard has announced he is retiring from the NFL due to lingering issues with his knee. Garrard, a long time Jacksonville Jaguar injured his knee that paved the way for his replacement, Byron Leftwich to take over the starting role. Garrard would lose his job and his roster spot in Jacksonville and sat out the 2011 season rehabbing. He joined the Dolphins as a free agent.
Garrard had hoped to keep his career going and joined the New York Jets. The Jets had become a mockery over the past two months by having six QB’s on their roster. None of which were proven winners at the NFL level or without some questions regarding their health, as was the case with Garrard. The retirement isn’t shocking. Sometimes your body just can’t handle the extra physical stress.