Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Jermon Bushrod - Former NFL Offensive Lineman

THIS IS EPISODE 388 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Jermon Bushrod played 12 years in the NFL with the Saints, Bears and Dolphins. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Saints out of Towson University.

He went on to spend his first six seasons in New Orleans, making two Pro Bowls in 2011 and 2012, as well as helping his team to a Super Bowl championship in 2009. In 2013, Bushrod signed a new deal with the Bears and played three seasons in Chicago from 2013-2015. In 2016 and 2017, he played with the Miami Dolphins before returning to the Saints for one final season in 2018.

In August 2019, he officially announced his retirement from the NFL.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Bushrod about his decision to retire, losing the NFC Championship in his final NFL game, where his faith took shape, playing through pain, and how he has moved forward after the loss of his infant daughter in 2018.

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I’d like to take this time to tell everyone that after 12 seasons in the NFL, I’ve decided to retire. There’s been so many people along the way that had such an impact on my life and helped me get to where I am today. I’ve grown so much since I was drafted by the New Orleans Saints on April 29th, 2007. Thank you to the Benson family (rip Mr. B) and the @saints organization for taking a chance on this kid from King George, Va. Special shoutout to my parents and @akaramel_kiss that have supported and sacrificed for me throughout all these years of playing sports. Thanks to my wife @jess_bushrod74 for always holding the fort down so that I could focus on getting the job done. I love New Orleans so much I snatched one up😊. Thanks coach @george.major1 and Haynes for pushing me to the limit in ball. When I got to @towson_fb, it was a conversation with @johndon53 that changed my mindset. Thank you coach D for showing me the way I could get here. Man You changed my mindset and I thank you for that. To the rest of my support system, I love and appreciate you guys so much because y’all were there since day 1!! Thanks To my agent @rrosa07 for always getting the deal brother!! Shoutout the @chicagobears and @miamidolphins for the chance to play ball in 2 organizations in 2 great cities. To my WHODATS and the city of New Orleans, thanks for accepting me as family and keeping Dome crazy loud. What a ride!! Thank you God for all you’ve done!

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