While the NFL starts to get back into action and many teams continue to make key moves for their teams, two major NFL athletes are calling it quits!
Some may disagree and feel as these NFL athletes weren’t major superstars in the game, I see it otherwise. Let’s dig in shall we?
Antonio Brown Hints Retirement:
at this point the risk is greater than the reward thank you everyone who been part of this journey i sincerely thank you for everything! life goes on 84!
— AB (@AB84) July 20, 2020
Is it time to walk away i done ✅ everything in the game ?!!
— AB (@AB84) July 20, 2020
While the NFL is yet to put out an official statement on Antonio Brown’s retirement, his cryptic tweets yesterday afternoon say otherwise drawing a lot of speculation. I personally didn’t think it was time for him to move on from the game. But quite frankly, he didn’t really do himself any favors by calling Kraft what he called him.
Antonio could’ve been the bigger man and simply apologized directly to Kraft on a one-on-one conversation and asked for a second chance with the Patriots by negotiating a low-paying contract for this year as a “change-proving” year. Leaving the door open for many teams across the league to then decide if they want his business to boom or if it’s time to be done with.
He also could’ve negotiated with Pete Carroll out of Seattle, a nice contract to play for the year as well… I mean, after all, he was seen practicing with Russell Wilson and looked honestly really impressive!
Antonio Brown getting some route running work in and catching passes from Russell Wilson. (Via AB's Instagram). pic.twitter.com/OYcUHhHX1x
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 2, 2020
Should his retirement be absolutely true, Brown leaves a heck of a career in the field if you look at his all-time stats:
841 receptions, 11,263 yards, 75 TD’s, an average of 13.4, after a 9 year career in the NFL most of it with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Michael Bennett Announces Retirement:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 21, 2020
Michael Bennett has decided to call it quits after years of being in the league.
Bennett spent a good majority of his career with the Seattle Seahawks as well as with The Tampa Bay Bucs. He also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots, and in mid-season, over to the Dallas Cowboys. His situation is a complete different one. It’s one to respect as he deserves it after an illustrious career.
Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic striking across the globe, Michael was examining his future with the NFL and as he should! His body has taken quite a massive beating and with three girls to raise in this day-and-age, his girls are definitely going to need their dad around for sure.
Bennett will be focusing after his retirement in continuing to raise his voice against anti-racism and social justice. His stats during his time in the NFL are the following:
359 TOT, 259 SOLO tackles, 69.5 sacks, 10 force fumbles, 0 Interceptions.
Also! For more information on Michael’s retirement, read what Couch Guy Sports writer, Al Nahigian, wrote on Bennett’s retirement here.
These two certainly are leaving two amazing careers behind.
Antonio Brown leaving at 31 years old, still has a lot of football left to play. There’s also certainly a lot of money he could continue to make, I sure hope that he decides instead to make a comeback and keep his career active for another 3-4 years.
Michael Bennett on the other hand, I really can’t blame the guy for retiring. He has suffered plenty of injuries. Plus, with the task of raising 3 kids as well as continue to make his voice as active as possible in the Black Lives Matter movement, this was soon to come anyway.
~Diego Galvis (@Diego_TheDJ on Twitter)