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    R. Mendenhall "Why I Retired At 26"

    This is an article written by Rashard Mendenhall on why he retired at age 26. It is a great read and after reading it you can fully understand why he came to the decision and cannot bash him at all for doing so.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rashar...b_4931316.html

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    Why would people bash a guy for retiring at 26?

    If anything its smart. Play for a few years and make some nice money and gain a little celebrity l, then retire with likely no long term health effects and begin the next chapter of your life. Average NFL career is 3 years and even starters rarely stay effective in to their 30's depending on position. Technically many you g guys retire every day, we just havent heard of them. Im surprised we dont see more starters retire earlier than expected, especially running backs who almost always destroy their knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSP View Post
    Why would people bash a guy for retiring at 26?

    If anything its smart. Play for a few years and make some nice money and gain a little celebrity l, then retire with likely no long term health effects and begin the next chapter of your life. Average NFL career is 3 years and even starters rarely stay effective in to their 30's depending on position. Technically many you g guys retire every day, we just havent heard of them. Im surprised we dont see more starters retire earlier than expected, especially running backs who almost always destroy their knees.
    I agree it is probably a smart move. He sounds like a well educated guy so I am sure he can make money outside of football. He has money from the years in the league and hasn't put himself in a position where he could be damaged later in life. I thought it was cool that he how he described how the game has changed from a players perspective. Some people just don't want to be a celebrity so they might get disinterested in how the league is run these days. I wish him the best in the future. He seems like a class act

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYGfanSTRICK View Post
    I agree it is probably a smart move. He sounds like a well educated guy so I am sure he can make money outside of football. He has money from the years in the league and hasn't put himself in a position where he could be damaged later in life. I thought it was cool that he how he described how the game has changed from a players perspective. Some people just don't want to be a celebrity so they might get disinterested in how the league is run these days. I wish him the best in the future. He seems like a class act
    I also find it absurd that people get upset about what someone does with their career in life. If an accountant quits because he isnt happy with his job nobody would say a word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DSP View Post
    I also find it absurd that people get upset about what someone does with their career in life. If an accountant quits because he isnt happy with his job nobody would say a word.
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    Good luck in the next chapter RM
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    2-Washington, Green Bay, Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore
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    Let's make it 5 in 2014 !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYGfanSTRICK View Post
    This is an article written by Rashard Mendenhall on why he retired at age 26. It is a great read and after reading it you can fully understand why he came to the decision and cannot bash him at all for doing so.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rashar...b_4931316.html
    Excellent Article. Good Luck RM !!!!
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    Wow. That was a powerful piece by RM. Can't blame the man for wanting to retire at 26. He's made his money and accomplished what he wanted to do. He seems like he's got his head on straight and is comfortable in his own skin. Life is too short and you have to live it to the fullest. Good luck to RM in whatever his next career path ends up being.

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    Good for him hopefully he can enjoy his life now

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