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Joe Looney Signs w/ NY Giants, Retires 4 Days Later

After five years with the , offensive lineman Joe Looney tried to extend his career by with the Giants. But just four days after joining New York, Looney announced he was retiring from the NFL.

Looney was a late addition to New York’s , added to provide depth at and just as he had in Dallas for several seasons. But for whatever reasons, his first week as a Giant didn’t go as he’d hoped.

As comical as it is to think Looney took one look at the Giants and said, “nah,” the truth is his choice probably had more to do with his own circumstances. Still, one does have to wonder if the culture that Joe Judge is is trying to create in New York didn’t have something to do with Looney’s decision.

Judge is clearly trying to bring a hard-nosed, no mercy, Cobra Kai mentality to his team that he learned under in New England. This old school approach may not sit well with some veterans depending on their NFL experience.

The Giants also had a “huge” brawl on the practice field Tuesday, partially credited to the tension and hostility in the air from Judge’s style. While it may not be connected in any way, it’s interesting that Looney retired the next day.

It’s no stretch to assume that Looney originally landed in New York because of their , Jason Garrett, and their time together in Dallas. It was Jason who saw Looney step in for in 2018 and help get the Cowboys to the .

Maybe Looney just tried to give it a go and quickly realized he didn’t want it anymore. But as the third Giants player to surprisingly retire this summer, there has to be a little concern about how things are going in New York under Judge’s watch.

As Cowboys , we’ll just sip some ice tea and raise a glass to Joe Looney as he calls it a career. He provided tremendous value and some fun moments for Dallas from 2016-2020 and we hope he keeps smiling as he moves into the next chapter.

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Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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3 Comments

  1. Joe Looney is a real gentle Giant! We are so proud of where Joe has been and now where he is going!!!
    Love your family and you joe-
    Robert and Karla ( church friends) !!!

  2. Glad ole JL retired basically as a Cowboy even though he signed with the Giants his last game action was with the Boys! He proved to be a valuable player while in Dallas! Hope he had a great retirement!

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