Former Saints’ Kenny Vaccaro retires to pursue esports passion

The Saints got a good one with Kenny Vaccaro with the 15th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and he went on to play five seasons with black and gold. He was something special immediately, as his first game in front of the Superdome crowd secured a victory over the Falcons when he smashed a pass from Matt Ryan to Tony Gonzalez that was picked up by Roman Harper.

Vaccaro has certainly seen a lot during his time with the Saints, going through the whirlwind of 2013 as a rookie, managing all three straight seasons 7-9 and ultimately succeeding in 2017. In free agency this offseason, Vaccaro ended up signing a four-year, $ 26 million contract with the Titans in the offseason, playing three seasons for Tennessee from 2018-2020.

Vaccaro has retired from the NFL, as announced on Wednesday, and is the co-founder of a new esports organization, G1 (also known as Gamers First). Gambling is a passion for him and has become more and more popular over the years.

Vaccaro said in a statement: “It’s not a knee-jerk decision for me, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.”

“I’ve always been a player longer than I’ve played football, and I’ve always seen myself as a player first. So it’s the fulfillment of a long-term dream for me. football has been how many have defined me, G1 is also proof to other athletes that life doesn’t end just because you put the helmet on. You can reinvent yourself. “

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