Cardinals RB Mendenhall To Retire
Former Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall was tired of dwelling a "non-public life within the public eye" as an NFL participant, which included being called racial slurs online, he wrote in his most recent weblog for Huffington Publish through which he defined why he retired at 26 years old.
Mendenhall wrote that he wasn't going to hold a news conference or announce his retirement, however after telling those close to him, there was a common sense of shock, which led to his clarification.
Reports began to surface Saturday that Mendenhall, who would've been an unrestricted free agent come Tuesday afternoon, was planning on retiring.
"I just kind of wished to vanish," Mendenhall mentioned. "The truth that I used to be performed enjoying would've been clear once some time had handed, and I hadn't signed again with the Cardinals or every other workforce. Maybe people would've thought I couldn't get one other job. Either approach, I used to be okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy turning into, 'What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was fairly good for a couple of years, then he just vanished.' "
Mendenhall performed six years within the NFL, 5 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the group that drafted him, and with the Cardinals in 2013. The College of Illinois product completed his career with four,236 yards on 1,081 carries, a mean of three.ninety one yards per carry, and 37 touchdowns.
Injuries plagued Mendenhall throughout his profession. He suffered a shoulder damage his rookie season, a torn ACL in 2011 and turf toe in 2013.
Jennifer Hilderbrand/USA AS WE SPEAK SportsRashard Mendenhall, 26, explained his decision to retire from the NFL in his most recent weblog for Huffington Publish.
He joined the Cardinals last offseason due to his relationship with Arizona coach Bruce Arians, Mendenhall's offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh. Last season was Mendenhall's first full yr playing on a healthy right knee since 2011 and he turned it into 687 yards and eight touchdowns on 217 carries.
But it wasn't the football that drove Mendenhall out of the locker room. He defined that his passion for the game was nonetheless alive and effectively, but his retirement was as a result of a mix of a few things – having his life dissected under a microscope, wanting to reside the rest of his life without the potential physical limitations that come with years of football, and his dislike with how the game has shifted toward extra entertainment than fundamentals.
"Imagine having a job the place you are at all times on duty, and can by no means fully calm down or you simply could drown. Having to combat by way of waves and currents of reward and criticism, but mostly hate," Mendenhall wrote. "I am unable to even depend what number of instances I have been referred to as a 'dumb n–'."
Mendenhall stated he'll travel the world and write, a sentiment he echoed to Arians after the season, in line with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
"As for the query of what will I do now, with an entire life in front of me?" Mendenhall wrote. "I say to that, I will RESIDE! I plan to stay in a method that I never have before, and that is freely, capable of absolutely be me, without the expectation of representing any league, membership, shield or city.
"I do have a plan going forward, however I'll admit that I have no idea how issues will completely shape out. That is the great thing about it! I sit up for chasing my wishes and passions without restriction, and to sharing them with anybody who wants to come along with me! And I will begin with writing!"