Running back Rashard Mendenhall is going to be a free agent. He’s coming off a season in which he gained 687 yards on 217 carries, a sub-par 3.2 yards a carry. But he scored eight touchdowns, he had to fight through various injuries, and he had a big backer in coach Bruce Arians.
Mendenhall is also a writer. He frequently writes poetry and he also contributes to the Huffington Post. Today he posted (and then tweeted out) a piece called “The Vision.” It’s about Rashard having a vision while sitting on his couch once upon a time, and at the end of the post he notes it was the day after he tore knee ligaments. He talks about having to swim in dark waters towards “The Blessed Mother” even though he did not grow up Catholic.
“Through it all, I knew that after much toil — after I was all out of breath from the arduous swim, after my entire body felt fatigued from unceasing stroking, after I had evaded whatever distant creatures were peering and plotting attack — that undoubtedly I would reach her,” Mendenhall wrote. “And that once I had, this particular journey would be over for good. I would finally be at peace. Soon after to embark on a new voyage, hardened from the experience, and no longer alone, but with light by my side.
“That day I sat on my couch two years ago was the very next day after I tore my ACL in week 17. The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow. And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead.”
Interesting, and even moreso when Mendenhall tweeted out an additional message:
— Rashard Mendenhall (@R_Mendenhall) February 25, 2014
There are different ways to interpret it, but certainly, retirement could be one of them. “The journey is over” certainly could mean his career. It of course could mean he’s finally past his injuries and ready to play full speed again, but that doesn’t ring as true. “I am fully at peace” doesn’t sound like a guy ready to head back into the gauntlet of the NFL.
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