Posted March 10, 2014 by Devon Watkis in Sports

Rashard Mendenhall Retires at The Age of 26 [Details]

Arizona Cardinal running back Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement at the age of 26. Instead of announcing it via a press conference he wrote a very thoughtful letter on the Huffington Post explaining why he decided to retire at such a young age.

Mendenhall went into detail saying how social media has changed the game of football from the game he grew up loving. Also saying he has been called a “dumb nigger” so many times and that the negative talk may not have effected him directly but it did effect the his friends and loved ones.

Mendenhall boils down his answer to why he retired into on phrase.

“I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment.”

In Mendenhall’s six year career he ran for over 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns, he also appeared in two Super Bowls and won one in 2008 during his rookie season with the Pittsburg Steelers.

As for the future Mendenhall plans to continue writing and also traveling the world.

To read the rest of the letter click the link above.