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Barksdale retires from pro football

Latham, NY - 2002 Hudson High School graduate Rashad Barksdale told CBS6 on Saturday that he has retired from professional football.  The 30-year-old was back home this past weekend being inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame.

Barksdale starred for the Hudson Bluehawks both in football and baseball.  He then concentrated soley on baseball at Hudson Valley Community College for two years, before transferring to UAlbany where he played his junior and senior seasons without being selected in either the 2005 or 2006 MLB Draft.

Barksdale then turned his attention back to the gridiron.  He revived his football career as a walk-on defensive back with the Great Danes, and did so well in the fall of 2006 during his lone season of college football that the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in the 6th round in 2007.

After not making Philadelphia's opening day roster that fall, he signed with Kansas City and appeared in six games that season with the Chiefs.  In so doing, Barksdale became the first UAlbany football player ever to play an NFL regular season game.

Over the next three years he spent time with the New York Giants, New York Jets, and Arizona Cardinals without ever appearing in another NFL regular season game.

He spent the past four seasons playing both in the Canadian Football League and the Arena Football League.

Barksdale now makes his home in Indianapolis, and works for the Indiana Department of Child Services.  He and his wife have a son.

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