Walter Thurmond adds to list of happy NFL retirements

Walter Thurmond adds to list of happy NFL retirements

Walter Thurmond adds to list of happy NFL retirements 2016 images

It used to be that retiring from the NFL was a pretty sad affair. We all have terrible memories of our favorite player looking like a shell of his former self, playing in a different city.

That trend seems to be changing for the better.

Walter Thurmond is the latest to say goodbye to the League before Father Time had a chance to hand the Eagles’ safety a pink slip.

Thurmond did have an injury plagued career, but 2015 was his best season ever. He played in all 16 games, recording career highs in interceptions (3) and total tackles (71).

At 28 years old, he was in his prime. Now he apparently has other interests to pursue and enough money in the bank to keep from clinging to a game he no longer cares to play.

Those other interests include working in the film industry. He helped produce Chapter and Verse, which will premiere on June 12th at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

There will still be guys who hang around the NFL way too long. We’ve not seen the last of running backs grinding out two more desperate years in a strange looking uniform like Emmitt Smith did when he left Dallas for Arizona. Yes, that really happened.

And it’s not hard to argue that last year Peyton Manning made himself look pretty damn bad in his 18th year. His defense handed him a Super Bowl on a silver platter, and he even stated as much as he hobbled off into the sunset.

Some of my favorite players ever have not gone out in their prime.

Joe Montana almost took another team to the Super Bowl after leaving San Francisco but wound up a concussion victim at the hands of Buffalo. One game short of a Super Bowl trip as a Chief, and a nasty reminder of how nice it would have been for him to retire after his fourth title as a 49er.

The NFL is still a human meat grinder. Players are used up and tossed aside as soon as they can be replaced.

Eventually, Walter Thurmond would have been on the wrong side of a pink slip. That looked to be years away, but no doubt it would have happened.

Leaving the game on his own terms shows that he was not just a football player. He had sense enough to know he couldn’t play this game forever and is well rounded enough to actually have a life outside pro football.

Money isn’t everything. Even the fame and glory that comes with playing in the NFL are not enough to keep some players hooked in today’s game. The dangers are public knowledge now, not to mention the fact that many younger Americans have begun to question the American dream of chasing dollars.

There will continue to be a stable of guys willing to ram their faces into other men well into their thirties. The NFL product is safe. That’s good for you and me since we’d be lost without pro football.

It’s just good to see more and more guys realize they don’t have to stay in a profession that’s unhealthy for both their mind and body.

Thurmond had endured enough injuries over his six seasons to figure out there were better and safer ways to spend his time. He did what people in everyday jobs are scared to do.

He made a career change….without regard for the cut in pay.


Shane Mclendon is our go to guy for everything NFL and UFC related. He covers pro and college football with as much zeal as his love for UFC. With Shane, we've got you covered...He call himself an NFL nut that enjoys UFC action and a daily fantasy sports losing.

More in Football

Top 5 Quarterbacks to watch in NFL 2017 images

Top 5 Quarterbacks to watch in NFL 2017

Shane MclendonFebruary 22, 2017
Darrelle Revis Felonies 2017 images

Darrelle Revis Felonies

Shane MclendonFebruary 20, 2017
darrelle revis could save jets nearly $10 million 2017 images

Darrelle Revis could save Jets nearly $10 million

Chris MauriceFebruary 20, 2017
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots jersey conspiracy 2017 images

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots jersey conspiracy

Shane MclendonFebruary 16, 2017
victor cruz era ends as giants cut wide receiver 2017 images

Victor Cruz era ends as Giants cut wide receiver

Chris MauriceFebruary 15, 2017
Chances for Atlanta Falcons to Rise up in 2017 images

Chances for Atlanta Falcons to Rise up in 2017

Shane MclendonFebruary 14, 2017
jerry jones cant bear thought of losing tony romo 2017 images

Jerry Jones can’t bear thought of losing Tony Romo

Chris MauriceFebruary 13, 2017
kirk cousins payday could make him highest in nfl 2017 images

Kirk Cousins payday could make him highest in NFL

Chris MauriceFebruary 13, 2017
myles garrett gives dallas cowboys a video idea 2017 images

Myles Garrett gives Dallas Cowboys a video idea

Chris MauriceFebruary 13, 2017

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter

You will only receive one per day. You'll also get a free THE WALKING DEAD graphic novel with your subscription