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Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall retired on Sunday at the young age of 26. He wrote this well-written letter explaining his reasons for leaving the game...

I decided not to hold a press conference because I didn't want to have to say things that were cliché. I've done enough of that since I've been playing football. I actually didn't really plan on saying anything about my retirement at all. I just kind of wanted to disappear. The fact that I was done playing would've been clear once some time had passed, and I hadn't signed back with the Cardinals or any other team. Maybe people would've thought I couldn't get another job. Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming "What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished."
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Datbayoubengal - 21 months ago
He was pretty decent for us in years 2-4, and he got drafted before the CBA, so unless he went stupid with his money, he should be ok. From an article I read back then, his mama kept the family vultures at bay.
Voorhies7 - 21 months ago
LasVegasTiger - 21 months ago
Career was winding down anyway. Can at least go out being able to walk and have some coin in your pocket, wouldn't mind being semi retired at 26.
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