Willie Colon

Bye, Brick: Jets' retired Ferguson bares heart in send-off

D'Brickashaw Ferguson vividly remembers his heart being questioned when he was just 9 years old.

There were serious concerns by his mother and father, as well as the doctors who were treating the young patient whose life — he was told — would likely be restricted from playing contact sports indefinitely.

No martial arts. No football. Nothing.

Ferguson, instead, used the 10-inch scar in the middle of his chest from open-heart surgery to drive him to become the player and man he is today. After 10 solid years in the NFL with no snaps missed due to injury, the New York Jets left tackle announced last Saturday he was retiring from football on his own...