Remembering Blake Bortles' iconic 'ripping cigs working construction' line

Joshua Rogers October 5, 2022
Remembering Blake Bortles' iconic 'ripping cigs working construction' line
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Following the news of the former Jaguars quarterback’s retirement, fans paid homage to the great man by remembering Blake Bortles’ iconic ‘ripping cigs working construction’ line’.

Quarterback Blake Bortles has retired according to the great man himself.

The 30-year-old was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, and started 73 career games for the Jaguars. He threw for 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in his five seasons with Jacksonville.

Bortles’ best moment for the Jaguars came when he led to the team to a 10-6 record in 2017, and an AFC championship berth and near-upset over the Patriots.

However, just one year later he was released, going on to spend time with the Rams, Broncos, Packers, and Saints. He had not been with a team since April, when he was waived by the Saints.

Bortles announces his retirement

Bortles appeared on the Pardon My Take podcast recently, and announced that he quietly retired a month ago.

“I have not touched a football since January,” Bortles said.

“I quietly—I didn’t tell anybody—I retired two months ago probably.” He went on, “I just didn’t tell anyone, so I guess you guys are the first to hear publicly.”

However, Bortles said he’d “be there in a heartbeat” if a team offered him a two-year, $15 million contract.

“I’m pretty set with where I’m at in the decision … if somebody were dumb enough to offer that kind of money, then it’s kind of hard to pass on.”

Remembering Blake Bortles iconic ‘ripping cigs working construction’ line

The former QB will be fondly remembered by fans, particularly due to the ‘ripping cigs working construction’ line he so casually used during an interview.

During an interview with Barstool Sports several years ago, Bortles was asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t playing football.

The quarterback simply responded “working construction and rippin’ cigs.”

The video was repost by Pardon My Take on social media to plenty of fans’ delight. You can check it out here.

The blunt yet hilarious response went down a storm with fans, who still remember it to this day.

Several people on social media also referenced the iconic line in the aftermath of his retirement news:

Congrats on the retirement, BOAT.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.