Former Ragin’ Cajun Brandon Stokely Set To Retire From NFL After 15-Years
Former UL Ragin’ Cajun football player Brandon Stokely is set to retire after this season. Stokley has been in the NFL for 15-years and will retire as a Baltimore Raven.
Stokely has played for a number of teams throughout his career including the Ravens, Broncos, and Colts. Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said Stokely was the best teammate he has ever had. Manning told the Denver Post,
I guarantee you every quarterback he’s played with, whether (Trent) Dilfer or (Jay) Cutler, all the guys would tell you how great a teammate and how thankful they were that he was in the slot. – Peyton Manning
Stokely has been battling a number of injuries as of late, and having recently suffered another concussion, the 15-year veteran has decided to hang up his helmet for good. Sure, he could have probably extend his career a few more years, but with more and more research exploring the effects from concussions, the former Ragin Cajun has elected to do what may be best for he and his family; retire now.
So what’s next for Stokely? The former Ragin’ Cajun says that he hopes to be more involved with his family, and help his wife, Lana, with their two kids. Perhaps now we will see Stokley more in Lafayette, playing pick-up basketball games at Red’s now that he is retired.
We wish Brandon the best and congratulate him on a very successful career in the NFL. After all, he does have TWO Super Bowl rings to brag about. Congrats Brandon, you have made Acadiana proud!
The Denver Post highlighted his career as follows:
Super Bowl XXXV touchdown catch, Jan. 28, 2001
He had only 11 receptions during the regular season, but opened the Ravens’ rout of the Giants with a 38-yard seam route.
Immaculate Deflection, Sept. 13, 2009
His 87-yard TD catch-and-run play off a Kyle Orton pass deflected by Bengals cornerback Leon Hall with only 11 seconds remaining started the Josh McDaniels era in Denver with a 12-7 victory.
Peyton Manning’s 49th touchdown pass, Dec. 26, 2004
This reception with the Colts allowed Manning to break Dan Marino’s NFL season TD pass record that the former Dolphin QB had held for 20 years.
2012 season with the Broncos
Stokley’s career seemed finished until Manning’s arrival in Denver offered one more chance. Stokley came through with 45 receptions — including a 21-yard, go-ahead touchdown catch in Denver’s comeback win from a 24-0 halftime deficit at San Diego.
2003 playoff win against the Broncos
Playing with Manning’s Colts, Stokley had four catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-10 rout of the Broncos.