NFL News of the Day: Several players retire from the NFL over the weekend
Ricky Gray | July 18, 2022
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As preseason approaches, multiple players are hanging up their cleats.
It’s not odd that there have been a few retirements already during the offseason. However, over the weekend three notable players set the helmet down for the last time.
One of the first players we learned of was Jason McCourty, who is retiring after 13 seasons in the NFL. McCourty was a part of the winless Cleveland Browns in 2017 but won the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots in the next season.
McCourty said: “These past 13 seasons have been one hell of a journey. And as I reflect and look back on my career, I have far surpassed any and every expectation I set for myself back in 2009 -- and that's what I'm most proud of when I look back at my career.”
McCourty was a five-time captain and known for his leadership ability on the field. He was named a team captain during a single season in Miami and won the Don Shula Leadership Award.
Another player walking away from the sport is Las Vegas Raiders OL Richie Incognito. Although shrouded in some controversy, Incognito was a strong player on the field.
Incognito said: “It felt like home the minute I got here,” in regard to being a Raider. “They trusted who I was, and they let me play. And I played my ass off just to repay them for the opportunity.”
Incognito will retire as a Raider, where he seemed to fit the best. However, injuries have kept him sidelined for significant portions of his career.
Raiders owner Mark Davis said: “He created such a fierce leadership mentality amongst these young guys, that he's teaching them how to become football players and how to become Raiders.”
Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, a four-time All-Pro selection, also announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday after nine seasons.
Schwartz was released from the Kansas City Chiefs last March. However, he underwent surgery for a back injury that ended his season in 2020.
Schwartz said: “I'm currently feeling as good as I have since then, but it's clear my body won't ever be the same. The nerve pain down my legs is no longer a daily occurrence, but it might never fully go away.”