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Jets’ Elliott Retires Temporarily

March 7, 2000

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) _ Veteran tackle John ``Jumbo″ Elliott retired Monday and will undergo back surgery later this month.

Elliott asked the New York Jets to place him on the reserve-retired list and the team said it would do so. But Elliott could return to the Jets following the surgery, should he feel healthy enough to continue his career.

Bothered by back pain last season, Elliott, 34, still started 15 games and played in all 16.

``John did an outstanding job for the Jets in my time here,″ said Jets chief of football operations Bill Parcells, who also coached Elliott with the Giants. ``I would say John is one of the two best tackles I’ve been fortunate enough to have ever coached.″

A 12-year veteran, Elliott played for the Jets the last four seasons at left tackle after leaving the New York Giants as a free agent. He played on the 1990 NFL champions with the Giants.

Elliott recently was fined $250 and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service for his part in a July 10, 1999, fight at a Long Island bar.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound Elliott admitted punching one bar patron and urinating in a women’s bathroom sink. He, teammate Jason Fabini and ex-teammate Matt O’Dwyer were drunk and became violent after arriving at the bar, prosecutors said.

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