FB Patrick DiMarco To Retire

Patrick DiMarco began the 2020 season on IR and ended it as a free agent, and the veteran fullback will not attempt to return next season. DiMarco announced his retirement Thursday (via Twitter).

Originally a Chargers UDFA in 2011, DiMarco became best known for his work with the Falcons. The ex-South Carolina Gamecock made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and was Atlanta’s primary blocking back from 2013-16.

DiMarco, 31, helped pave the way for Devonta Freeman‘s two Pro Bowl nods, aiding the Falcons’ transition from Steven Jackson to their Freeman-Tevin Coleman backfield in the mid-2010s. Freeman and Coleman combined for more than 1,600 rushing yards in 2016, when the Falcons boasted one of the highest-scoring offenses in NFL history.

The Bills signed DiMarco to a four-year, $8.5MM deal in 2017. Primarily working as a special teams contributor, DiMarco logged three 16-game seasons from 2017-19 but suffered an injury that prompted Buffalo to move him to IR ahead of Week 1. The Bills released DiMarco via injury settlement prior to their season opener.

Illustrating the role of the modern fullback, DiMarco logged just seven career carries. He did score four receiving touchdowns with the Falcons, however.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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5 comments on “FB Patrick DiMarco To Retire

  1. Ak185

    Pretty good fullback who managed to hold a notable place in a league that phases that role out of the picture. DiMarco actually played tight end at South Carolina, if I remember correctly, which accounted for his receiving ability. Kyle Shanahan used him in many of the ways that he uses Jusczyk now. DiMarco was an undersung success at a position that doesn’t get too much press, and deserves his reputation as a smart, versatile blocker. Good, solid player, and best of luck to Mr. DiMarco.

  2. doug.daniel243

    I gotta ask bc I know we’re out there. Is there anyone else who only remembers DiMarco from madden?

    • bhd360

      Mostly from Madden, yeah. I remember for a stretch there he was far and away the highest rated FB in the game.

  3. MileHighFan

    Fullback might be the shortest tenured position on a team due to all those high impact collisions.

  4. Wade Herbers

    In ten years he’ll prolly have more $$$ left then half the superstars making 10x what he did…Look at that IDIOT Adrian Peterson ( selling two houses off at losses to NOT even cover his tax bills)( with multiple baby mommas taking the rest)

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