Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely head to the broadcast booth

It’s been the big NFL story for the past hour or two, and many Buffalo Bills fans have just heard the news.

Tom Pelissaro and Ian Rapaport of The NFL Network report that longtime quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is retiring from the NFL after 17 seasons.

Rumors began to spread, based on a tweet from former Fitz teammate Fred Jackson.

Jackson captured a screenshot of a text from Fitzpatrick, which included text from Fitz that read “always grateful for the magic ride.”

Fitz retires with nearly 35,000 career passing yards. That’s good for 32nd on the all-time list; ahead of names like Tony Romo, Steve DeBerg, Steve Young, Jim Everett, Ken Anderson and yes, even Troy Aikman.

Fitz played for a host of NFL teams, but one of his most well-known stints was his four years at Buffalo; including the magical 2011 start of 5-2. It’s no secret that he’s one of the Bills’ most beloved players of all time.

It looks like we’ll be getting more Fitz in the coming months and possibly beyond, but not on the actual football pitch below center.

Ian Rapaport of The NFL Network reports that Fitz is in talks to join Amazon Prime for what he calls a “key role this season.”

Rapaport teased what Fitz would wear for his first show.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that it would be part of Amazon Prime’s Thursday Night Football coverage and that former Bills player Marshawn Lynch would be part of that crew.

What a home run selection to be part of the NFL broadcast for Amazon. We don’t know if it will be as color commentator or studio analyst, but either way, I’m sure Bills fans will be thrilled that he’s staying on TV in that role.

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