Once A Red, Always a Red: Liverpool Legend Retires

In the world of sports there are few players that spend their entire career with one club. It is even rarer in the realm of professional soccer.

Today marked the least game in the illustrious career of Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher. He was born in the English county of Merseyside which is home to Liverpool. Carragher rose through the ranks of the Liverpool youth team and finally made his debut. He was a rock in the back and until recently was a staple in the Reds’ defense.

Carragher joins a very select group of Scouser’s to play and represent Liverpool along with fellow Merseysider Steven Gerrard. Carragher gave Liverpool over 500 appearances and formed a dangerous partnership with Sami Hyypia for a long time. Carragher has been a consummate pro and has earned the respect of many in the soccer world. This including from Manchester United skipper Alex Ferguson. Ferguson said, “He’s absolutely a player I admire. He’s the epitome of a loyal, dedicated player who Liverpool have been lucky to have for more than a decade. He’s been a bedrock of their defensive qualities for years and years. I loved him. He’s a fantastic example for any young lad that wants to play the game. He’s been a really, really good professional.” That is high praise from a man who has accomplished everything in the soccer world.

Carragher’s achievements include:

FA Cup (2): 2000–01, 2005–06

League Cup (3): 2000–01, 2002–03, 2011–12

FA Youth Cup (1): 1995–96

FA Community Shield (2): 2001, 2006

UEFA Champions League (1): 2004–05

UEFA Cup (1): 2000–01

UEFA Super Cup (2): 2001, 2005

PFA Team of the Year (1): 2006

Liverpool Player of the Year Award (2): 2005, 2007

Freedom of the Metropolitan Borough of Sefton (1): 2008

Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University (1): 2012

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