Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall just retired from the NFL at the age of 26. In making this surprising announcement Mendenhall stated that he wanted to walk away from the game to pursue his outside interests while still in top health. Mendenhall made over $13 million during his football career, played six years in the NFL, had a 1,000 yard season and had hit the wall. He was smart enough to take his money and run. If he invests wisely and does not live a rock star life-style, he will be just fine. There are 10 other NFL stars who are getting ready to hit the “Mendenhall Wall”. 10 players who should also take their money and run before they get carried off on a stretcher, or will be issued a cane before they ever get their AARP card:
10. TE Jason Witten
The Cowboys are going to suck and suck for a while. Witten is 31 years old and is the Cowboys all-time leading receiver. He’s also had a concussion and a lacerated spleen and has spent 11 years running pass routes over the middle. He’s a sure-fire Hall of Famer and it’s not like the Cowboys are getting any closer to the Super Bowl. He’s made well over $30 million and should get out now. The Cowboys as a team are getting ready to hit the wall and Witten should see that the object getting larger in his windshield is the Mendenhall Wall; he might want to hit the breaks now.
9. QB Michael Vick
Hey Mike, you just signed with the New York Jets. How do you think that’s going to work out? Here is another memo, you’ve played 16 games in just one season (2006). You’ve been in the league for 11 years, you’re 34, and you’re completely and utterly banged up. Even with the two years spent out of the NFL (and in prison) you should have enough dough to limp away from this game. You’ve had countless concussions, a broken leg, and God knows what else. I know you claimed bankruptcy after the whole dog fighting scandal but you also received $40 million in guaranteed money. Walk out of this game before your bus crashes right smack into Mendenhall’s Wall.