Why Rashard Mendenhall Is Done With the NFL
Rashard Mendenhall, most recently the running back for the Arizona Cardinals but most famously the running back for the Pittsburg Steelers, recently announced his retirement on the Huffington Post, where he is sometimes a contributor. Mendenhall, who is retiring early at the age of 26, had just completed a promising season with the Cardinals after spending most of 2012 sidelined by injury. The running back had become famous for his back to back 1000-yard campaigns in 2009 and 2010, as well as his Super Bowl play in that second year.
“The truth is, I don’t really think my walking away is that big of deal,” Mendenhall said. “For me it’s saying, ‘Football was pretty cool, but I don’t want to play anymore. I want to travel the world and write!’” Mendenhall, who opted out of a press conference because he felt he would be coerced into spouting cliches, also commented on the grind of having to deal with an always-in-public window. Something that Richie Incognito has recently discovered, too.
Describing fans of other teams as having a bold coarseness on the internet, No. 34 cited the changing culture of the football players that were coming up (also known as Get Off My Lawn You Damn Whippersnappers) as another reason to retire. Mendenhall also discussed the “motor” problem that plagues the public’s perception of some NFL athletes.