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Folks yesterday Rashard Womendenhall announced his retirement from the NFL in a long essay on Huffington Post. The 6-year NFL vet will be quitting the game Ricky Williams style to travel the world and spend all his money.

In his letter, Rashard “Spenditall” takes shots at allged racists, and anonymous internet commenters. I felt I needed to respond to these vial accusations and take a stand because this type of unchecked agression towards real NFL fans is unacceptable. And people know that you cant attack people who attack you without expecting to be attacked back. Something maybe our President could learn as a matter of fact.

Anyways here’s what Rashard’s lawyer or who ever wrote under his name had to say:

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.”

Ive been saying that for 6 years allready, so Mission accomplished.

The truth is, I don’t really think my walking away is that big of deal.

I know, Ive watched you take handoffs.

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!” However as I told the people around me that I wasn’t planning on signing again, there was a surprising amount of shock and bewilderment.

What a selfish guy. If you wanted to “travel the world” you should of joined the NBA!!! lol.

But seriously Rashard your throwing away a opportunity to rewrite the history books just because you caught the travel bug or whatever from Kerry Rhodes no offense. There are so many fans out there who would sell there ability to read and write just for one snap and opprtunity for NFL greatness and you are literally spitting in their faces by quitting with money in your pocket. NFL players should reitre broke and happy not burnt out and rich- what kindve example is that setting for my ex-girlfriends kids?

“Why would you stop now? You’re only 26 years old! You’re just going to walk away from millions of dollars? Is your knee fully healed? You had a pretty good year last year,” etc. After the initial shock response and realization that I’m not kidding, the question that would continue to arise is:

Who are you again and wheres my daughter?

Why?

“Why do you want to stop playing football at 26?”

Honestly, I’ve really enjoyed my time in the NFL and have had tons of fun.

I feel like I’ve done it all. I’ve been to two Super Bowls; made a bunch of money; had a lot of success; traveled all over the country and overseas; met some really cool people; made lasting relationships; had the opportunity to give back to causes close to my heart; and have been able to share my experiences and wisdom with friends, family and people all over the world. Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Ive heard of hanging yourself with your own rope but this is choking yourself with your own dick folks.

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Mights well hang a sign around your neck saying “cut me”

Good thing your quitting because putting that statement out there on film just got you premptivley fired from the NFL until Marcus Lattimore turns in to Barbaro in week 2.

I’m thankful that I can walk away at this time and smile over my six years in the NFL, and 17 total seasons of football — dating back to when I started pee-wee ball at Niles West in 1997, when I was 10. These experiences are all a part of me, and will remain in my heart no matter what I do, or where I go.

Along with the joyful experiences I had, came many trials. In my last piece, “The Vision,” I wrote about traversing through dark and dangerous waters, working to attain peace and refuge. That intense journey described my personal life in the NFL. Journeying through those waters symbolized living a private life in the public eye. Imagine having a job where you’re always on duty, and can never fully relax

Your honestly just describing a shark right now. Its funny btw because sharks, like you in the backfield, have very poor vision. Matter fact, the only thing you have in common with a Great White is your career is pretty much only known as a structure fire.

Having to fight through waves and currents of praise and criticism, but mostly hate. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been called a ‘dumb nigger’.

Let me help you figure that math out real quick for you-

You played the Eagles 3 times on the Steelers and one time on the Cardnals and you only go through the handshake line once per game so thats 4 times total.

There is a bold coarseness you receive from non-supporters that seems to only exist on the Internet.

Shut up you idiot you dont no anything I would literaly punch you in your face your such a idiot Id totally hit you. That is such a libelous statement its not even funny.

However, even if you try to avoid these things completely — because I’ve tried — somehow they still reach you. If not first-hand, then through friends and loved ones who take to heart all that they read and hear. I’m not a terribly sensitive person, so this stuff never really bothered me. That was until I realized that it actually had an impact my career. Over my career, I would learn that everything people say behind these computer and smartphones actually shape the perception of you — the brand, the athlete and the person. Go figure!

Says Rashard as he writes this on papyrus and like burries it under the sphynx for a million years until Tom Cruise and Nick Cage find it.

Oh no wait Im sorry you wrote this on an computer! The very same technology you accuse other people of using! If your listening to what internet commenters are telling you about yourself then youre one step a head of everyone else (for once in your life). What happens here changes the world IMO.

I woudnt be suprised if Rashard was sending himself those nasty notes by the way. People have a history of making up bad stuff that happens to them and blaming it on racists FYI.

 

What was more difficult for me to grasp was the way that the business of entertainment had really shifted the game and the sport of football in the NFL. The culture of football now is very different from the one I grew up with. When I came up, teammates fought together for wins and got respect for the fight. The player who gave the ball to the referee after a touchdown was commended; the one who played through injury was tough; the role of the blocking tight end was acknowledged; running backs who picked up blitzing linebackers showed heart; and the story of the game was told through the tape, and not the stats alone. That was my model of football.

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

Sounds like me and Rashard would of gotten along pretty well if he had ever practiced, much less practiced what he preached. Matter fact I can seem to recall a single time that Rashard drug himself back on the field after a concussion against the advise of the trainers- I guess he just likes to talk about being a team guy but when the chips are down he’d rather play grabass with the “under the bleachers crew” then buckle his chinstrap and go to work.

Today, game-day cameras follow the most popular players on teams;

And content aggregaton websites follow the rest of the guys

guys who dance after touchdowns are extolled on Dancing With the Starters;

/copied and pasted DIRECTLY from Emmith Smiths autobiography hes even plagerising his retirement letter folks.

games are analyzed and brought to fans without any use of coaches tape; practice non-participants are reported throughout the week for predicted fantasy value; and success and failure for skill players is measured solely in stats and fantasy points.

Usualy success and failure for skill position players is measured by a flashlight in your eyes and saying the alphabet backwards. Only stat these RBs care about is plus-minus .08 folks.

This is a very different model of football than the one I grew up with. My older brother coaches football at the high-school and youth level. One day he called me and said, “These kids don’t want to work hard.

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!

One day he called me and said, “These kids don’t want to work hard.

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!.

One day he called me and said, “These kids don’t want to work hard.

Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!.

All they wanna do is look cool, celebrate after plays, and get more followers on Instagram!” I told him that they might actually have it figured out.

Try saying that social media take to Rick Patino-

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Over my career, because of my interests in dance, art and literature, my very calm demeanor, and my apparent lack of interest in sporting events on my Twitter page, people in the sporting world have sometimes questioned whether or not I love the game of football. I do. I always have.

Yeah OJ loved his wife to, people forget that.

So when they ask me why I want to leave the NFL at the age of 26, I tell them that I’ve greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment.

Lets let actual PFT Commenter “IAlwaysWantedToBeABanker” give us his strong take:

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I think about the rest of my life and I want to live it with much quality. And physically, I am grateful that I can walk away feeling as good as I did when I stepped into it.

With any luck Ill even be able to out live Bin Laden!

As for the question of what will I do now, with an entire life in front of me? I say to that, I will LIVE! I plan to live in a way that I never have before, and that is freely, able to fully be me, without the expectation of representing any league, club, shield or city. I do have a plan going forward, but I will admit that I do not know how things will totally shape out. That is the beauty of it! I look forward to chasing my desires and passions without restriction, and to sharing them with anyone who wants to come along with me! And I’ll start with writing!

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