NFL Careers Decreasing?


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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

JGOOD

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Hall Of Fame Debate: Calvin “Megatron” Johnson


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Calvin Johnson has been a nightmare for any one to matchup against during his career. His speed, athleticism, wingspan, hands, and agility separated him from the rest. Being a Chicago Bears fan, I’ve experienced my fair share of “Megatron Moments”. The most memorable to me was the touchdown that was a catch but wasn’t a catch (WATCH IT HERE).

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I’ve seen him out run my favorite team’s secondary for a few scores, catch a touchdown over 3 St Louis Rams defenders, and catch a Hail Mary over 4 Cincinnati Bengals defenders. After striking out with first rounds wide receiver disasters (Roy Williams and Charles Rogers), the Detroit Lions found their first real franchise player since Barry Sanders. Megatron has put up monstrous numbers while wearing number 81.

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Johnson has been the only source of offense until the past 2 seasons. If Megatron had any weaknesses it would be the inability to stay on the field. He always had lingering lower body problems including ankle and knee injuries. Fantasy football wise, he was a nightmare for anyone to face as well. He once gave me 50 points in a ppr league.

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Personally, he should be a first ballot hall of famer. I think he’s a top 10 wide receiver. I have Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Cris Carter, Michael Irvin, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Tim Brown and Larry Fitzgerald ahead of Johnson.

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However, we’ve have never seen a player of his skill set before. I hope you didn’t take what we have seen for granted. Even though the Autobots have finally won, we’ll always remember what Calvin Johnson has done over the past 9 years. Where do you have him ranked all time?

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JGOOD