Who says the NFL doesn’t have headlines (not named Tim Tebow) during the spring months?
Just take a look at the past two days, for example. We have seen one playoff-winning quarterback retire out of the blue due to injuries, we have another player retire at age 23 and we have seen the Patriots release a player right after he was diagnosed with diabetes.
David Garrard retires due to injuries
David Garrard signed with the Jets within the past year yet is retiring due his knee issues. Mind you, his retirement is a mere two weeks after he said was “definitely healthy”.
Isn’t this bizarre? New York’s plan of adding a veteran quarterback turned out to be as disastrous as trading for Tim Tebow.
Here is what Garrard had to say, according to The New York Times:
“I was healthy all the way into training camp last year and for some reason my knee swelled up,” Garrard said. “So I’m healthy now, and I’m going to be going after it. I’m not here collecting paychecks. That’s not what I’m about.”
Very odd, right? We’re only getting started.
Rolando McClain retires to get life in order
Ok, I can understand this. Baltimore’s Rolando McClain is retiring from the sport of football at the healthy age of 23.
Here is a quote from ESPN.com:
“Clearly, my decision to retire has raised some questions. Quite simply, I love football, but I have decided at this time it is in my best interest to focus on getting my personal life together,” McClain said in the statement.
Oh ok, so he loves football?
Like I mentioned before, I can understand wanting to get out of football but it’s different when you love the sport. Hopefully time off is all McClain needs.
Either way, you don’t see a 23 year old retire every day.
Patriots release Kyle Love after he was diagnosed with diabetes
This sounds terrible, to put it lightly. This is a harsh reminder that the NFL is a business.
According to reports, the Patriots released the defensive tackle via a non-football injury designation. Meaning, they pretty much released him for that reason.
Here is what Love’s agent said to ESPN Boston:
“Naturally, we are disappointed that the Patriots decided to part ways with Kyle, especially in light of the fact that a number of elite professional athletes with diabetes – both Type-1, which is known to be far more difficult to manage than Type-2 diabetes – have had very successful careers in professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball.”
I guess that’s just how it is? I mean, there really isn’t much more to say than that. The NFL can be a cruel business and this incident proved it.