The Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl-winning season in 2021 saw them receive contributions from a number of sources outside of their superstars. One of the players was defensive back Donte Deayon, who spent three years with the Rams before being a part of their Super Bowl run.
Deayon only started one game with the Rams in 2021, but appeared in 12 total, including two postseason games against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game. He did not play with the Rams — or any team — during the 2022 NFL season.
Now, with five professional seasons and 24 total NFL games under his belt, Deayon is retiring from the NFL. The former Rams cornerback announced his retirement via Instagram on Thursday:
Deayon mentions the Rams specifically in his retirement note, saying that being a part of the 2021 Super Bowl championship was one of the highlights of his football-playing career. He expressed his pride for being a part of that team and thanked everyone involved in that season’s success.
Deayon finished his career with 50 total tackles in 24 games, to go along with five pass deflections and a fumble recovery. Outside of his three seasons with the Rams, Deayon spent the first two years of his career with the New York Giants, where he played in eight games from 2017-18.
The five-year DB was undrafted in 2016 before signing with the Giants and spending the entire season on their practice squad. The Rams signed him to their practice squad ahead of the 2019 season.
Deayon played his college seasons at Boise State University. There, he played 40 games over four seasons, amassing 155 total tackles, 25 pass deflections, 17 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two touchdowns. He also forced eight tackles for loss and had one sack.
The Rams also had used Deayon as a special teams player during his three-year tenure in L.A.
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