NFL Careers Decreasing?


Over the years, we have discovered the short and long term health issues with players who played in the NFL. I haven’t seen the movie “Concussion” yet starring Will Smith (it’s on my “to-do” list) but one of my good friends has. In a nut shell, he decided that his son won’t be playing football. Since the new year, we found out Calvin Johnson plans to retire, Marshawn Lynch put a picture of his cleats hanging on a telephone wire on Instagram, and Jerod Mayo became the latest to announce his retirement. Not only are these big name stars that’s retiring, but they’re retiring at a young age.

Calvin Johnson

Calvin Johnson is 30. Marshawn Lynch and Jerod Mayo are 29 years old. 2 of the 3 have won the Superbowl and all of them have been Pro Bowlers. All 3 of them are in the prime of their careers, even though all of them have been dealing with injuries. The fact is each one of them can compete at an elite level, but they are choosing to leave on their own terms. Barry Sanders retired at 30 and he wanted to leave before his body got taken apart (and that’s before we found out about the multiple health issues with football nowadays).

Marshawn Lynch

After hearing about Junior Seau’s unfortunate death, I believe current NFL players are starting to pay attention to their long term health. Seau died to a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest in 2012. However, it was discovered that he had suffered brain damage from playing football. I’m not saying that was the cause of his death but you never know if it played any part of it.

Junior Seau

When you see plays like this (click here), you start to wonder how much of an impact is that really having on a human. Adrian Coxson, former Green Bay Packers wide receiver, retired last summer. He was carted off on an ambulance due to a severe concussion. He said his next hit could be his last and therefore retired. He’s 23 years old. At this rate, the only positions with longevity is going to be quarterbacks (because of the rules), kickers, and punters.

Adrian Coxson

If I were the NFL, I would be concerned with the early retirements that has occurred within the past month. I know Roger Goodell has attempted to make the game safer by adjusting the rules but there’s only so much you can to make a physical sport “safe”. Only time will tell what’s going to happen next, but I expect this trend of early retirements to grow.


Week 8: What Did We Learn?

Basically halfway through the season and this week was nothing like any other. First time in league history that 4 teams are still undefeated. The Lions got embarrassed jn front of half the world (not surprising). Atlanta doesn’t look as glamorous as they did a few weeks ago, and New England is still the team to beat. What else did we learn?


Injuries On Injuries On Injuries
That was the official theme this past week. Cameron Wake torn his Achilles on Thursday, Steve Smith Sr. did the same on Sunday, Reggie Bush torn his ACL on concrete, Le’Veon Bell severely damaged his MCL, Khiry Robinson suffered a leg injury,  Ricardo Lockette was left motionless in “Jerry World” (All 5 out for the season), Keenan Allen injured his kidney, Matt Forte has a lower left leg injury, Calvin Johnson injured his ankle, Ryan Fitzpatrick torn ligaments in his non-throwing hand, 4 Cleveland Browns players had to leave the game for concussion protocol, and there were many more injuries. It is mind blowing how so many significant injuries affected so many (big name) players and teams.


Shredded Cheese
The Green Bay Packers are the latest of the unbeatens to go down. The stingy Denver Broncos defense held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing, the fewest of his career as a starting quarterback. I don’t expect the Packers to fold after this game. They are still playing good football. This game was more of a testament to the Broncos offense that actually came alive. The running game that has struggled all season came away with 2 touchdowns. Peyton Manning looked like vintage Peyton Manning, connecting on passes all across the field. If the Broncos offense can consistently play this well, don’t be surprised if you’ll see them in February.


Reintroducing Blaine Gabbert
You know it’s ugly in San Francisco when the 49’ers bench Colin Kaepernick for Blaine Gabbert. Blaine Gabbert was a former 1st round pick by Jacksonville in 2011. His last start was in 2013 when threw 1 touchdown to 7 interceptions. There’s a reason why he’s not a starting quarterback in the league anymore, and for the Niners to give him a chance speaks volumes on how far Kaepernick has fallen. I don’t think this is the end for Colin, but this is his lowest moment of his career. Good news for him is that the way to go is up!


Minnesota Going Ghost
So… the Minnesota Vikings have quietly gotten off to a 5-2 start this season. Adrian Peterson hasn’t been the AP we know but he’s been really productive. Teddy Bridgewater has shown flashes of progression this season. Their defense has played respectable thus far. The biggest surprise for them and my fantasy football team has been rookie wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the University of Maryland. He was 5 yards short of his 3rd straight 100 yard performance and has found the end zone the past 2 weeks. He has seriously rejuvenated a suspect Vikings passing attack. I wonder will this hold up. What do you all think?