Hall of Famer Craig Beckham to return to NFL after 20 years
Craig Beckham, a Hall of Fame Hall of Famer, will return to the NFL after more than 20 years with the New England Patriots, the team announced Wednesday.
Beckham, who was born in Australia, announced his retirement in December, saying he’d have a “longer career” than most in the sport.
The news came as New England added former New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Michael Crabtree to the roster, as well as former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Anthony Harris and the Chicago Bears offensive lineman Jared Allen.
Beckhart is the sixth Hall of famer to retire this year.
The first, John Elway, played his entire career with the Denver Broncos, retiring in 2001 after winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos.
Beckley, who had one Pro Bowl appearance with the Jets in 2005, is one of just two players in NFL history with 10,000-plus career receiving yards and two Super Bowl titles.
He ranks fourth all-time in receptions (2,963) and sixth in receiving yards (2.984) and is second in receiving touchdowns (24).
Beckham had been in retirement for three seasons and had never appeared in the postseason, but the NFL announced that he will return for a third season.
Beckam had 11 seasons with the NFL and has 6,077 catches for 1,723 yards and 11 touchdowns.