It’s the end of one era, and the beginning of another, for Terence Newman.
Veteran cornerback Terence Newman will retire from the Football at the age of 39 after a 16-year career.
Per an official announcement from the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, Newman will join the team's coaching staff immediately. He will work alongside defensive backs coach Jerry Gray, coaching the position he spent 15 seasons playing at the highest level. “I was definitely cool with it,” said Newman, who finished his career with 42 interceptions. “It was something I wanted to try eventually. I figured this was the best time.”
Newman, who turns 40 on Sept. 4, entered the league in 2003 out of Kansas State as the fifth overall pick with the Dallas Cowboys, where he first played for Zimmer, then the Cowboys defensive coordinator. He later reunited with Zimmer with the Cincinnati Bengals for two seasons (2012-13) before joining the coach with the Vikings in 2015.
The 5-foot-10, 197-pound Newman, a two-time Pro Bowler, finishes his career with 42 interceptions, which would have ranked second among active players had Newman played another season. Newman caps off a remarkable professional run by appearing in 221 career games with 205 starts.
Newman chose to return to the Vikings in the spring and said the 2018 season was going to be his last as a player.
But his final ride lasted only a few months as the veteran will now experience games from the sideline.
“It’s probably going to be different the first time, not having done it before,” Newman said. “Probably one of those things where you have to really experience it to be able to talk about it. “I mean, I don’t know what the feeling I’ll have or if I’ll have a rush of emotions, or be nervous as hell because I can’t do anything on the field depending on how the game is going or whatever,” Newman added. “That’ll be one I just let happen and just go with it.”