*Professional football is a fast and violent sport that is not for the faint of heart nor the feeble of body.
But, in the words of Boys II Men, it’s just so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. As is the case every year, there is an ever growing list of some of our favorite athletes who have lost a step, lost confidence in themselves, lost the confidence of NFL coaches or have just plain ol’ lost their dog-gone minds. Because of the aforementioned losses some players are finding it increasingly difficult to compete at their respective positions, while others are struggling to find a job all together.
The slideshow that I present to you, dear reader, is rife with talent. In fact, most these guys would be a steal for any team five years ago. But this ain’t Tecmo Bowl or Madden. This is real life, and unfortunately, some people just don’t know when to call it quits. But sometimes it’s better to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away and know when to run. Some guys on this list are counting the dollar signs, but perhaps they ought to be thinking about their medical bills. I would imagine there are quite a few NFL veterans out there who wished they would have called it quits a season or two earlier. Though their competitive nature might compel them to do otherwise, spending their retirement years without a limp or walking stick should be an incentive all its own.
EURweb.com Senior Contributer Ricardo A. Hazell expounds upon some of the hottest topics of the day in sports, film, and current hot events. His byline appeared in Bleacher Report from December 2012 until June 2013. He now talks NBA, NFL and NCAA football over at Rant Sports, and will continue to give his unique take on the matters of the day while interviewing some of black entertainment’s best and brightest.