Rashard Mendenhall wasn't the first NFL player to walk away from the game way earlier than expected, and he certainly won't be the last. Now, though, we're starting to believe his decision to retire at the age of 26 could spur a trend that will increase in frequency and popularity in the years to come.
In a fascinating piece for the Huffington Post, Mendenhall gave several sensible reasons for his decision to leave football behind, but the one that stands out is this:
So when they ask me why I want to leave the NFL at the age of 26, I tell them that I've greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment. I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it.no comments