Former New Orleans Saints Darren Sharper makes decision on future

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New Orleans Saints Safety Darren Sharper performs his trademark "Sharper Shake" following an interception.(Photo courtesy of

After months of speculation by everyone, former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has made a decision on his football future.

Sharper announced on his YouTube sports blog, Sharper’s Image, that he has made the choice to retire from football.  His future has been the talk of fans everywhere wondering would would happen with the veteran defensive back.

Sharper expressed that he enjoyed playing for the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints.  He had achieved his goal of winning a championship when he signed with the Saints as a free agent in 2009.

He is credited with changing the culture of the secondary of the Saints who have long been the subject of mockery.  It became a joke with quarterback Drew Brees that it would seem odd when Sharper didn’t get an interception in a game.

Current free safety Malcolm Jenkins was mentored by Sharper when he was drafted by the Saints in 2009 and would constantly prod the veteran for information to improve himself.  Ironically, Jenkins would take over for Sharper when he was recovering from offseason knee surgery in 2010.

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