EAGAN, Min. (Release/KWCH) Minnesota Vikings cornerback Terence Newman has announced his retirement as a player and will join the Vikings coaching staff effective immediately. Further details on Newman’s role with the team will be provided in the near future.
Newman, who played for Mike Zimmer for three different teams (Dallas from 2003-06, Cincinnati from 2012-13 and Minnesota from 2015 on), appeared in 221 career games with 205 starts in his 15-year career. Newman was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys out of Kansas State and totaled 42 career interceptions, half of which came under the tutelage of Zimmer.
At Kansas State, Newman played four years for the Wildcats, winning the Jim Thorpe award as the nation's top defensive back as a senior. He was also named the Big 12's defensive player of the year and a consensus All-American in 2002.
For his career at KSU, Newman finished with 10 interceptions from the cornerback position while also mixing time in as a wide receiver. He was the Wildcat's top returner as well, taking three punts back for touchdowns.
Before attending Kansas State, Newman starred at Salina Central High School, named all class-5A his senior year. That season he finished with 5 interceptions and 45 tackles on defense, also coming in on offense for the Mustangs catching 3 touchdown passes as a wide receiver.