Ex-Cards Mendenhall, Rhodes work Hollywood

Posted by Darren Urban on July 6, 2015 – 8:22 am

The Cardinals remain off (as do I) while waiting for the start of training camp at the end of the month, so now is as good a time as any to note a pair of ex-Cards who have transitioned from the NFL to a place both seemed headed for when they were still playing. Both running back Rashard Mendenhall and safety Kerry Rhodes have turned their creative sides into work in TV and film.

Mendenhall, who retired after playing one season in Arizona in 2013, arrived with a reputation of being a thinker. He had a blog on the Huffington Post, he made no secret of his love of reading, books and poetry (including writing it), and he was the kind of person whose early retirement wasn’t a big surprise. Football wasn’t going to be his defining role in life. Although it’s funny that his current work in the TV industry is for the new HBO series “Ballers,” which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and chronicles NFL life, warts and all. Mendenhall would know, and he’s the kind of guy who feels strongly about acknowledging both the good and bad about playing in the league.

Rhodes too always seemed headed down this path. Heck, when he arrived in Arizona as part of the cluster of moves in 2010 when the Cards had to cut safety Antrel Rolle and traded Anquan Boldin, Rhodes came in with the nickname “Hollywood.” It had been given to him by Jets’ teammates, and it wasn’t necessarily meant as a compliment. Rhodes played pretty well during some down seasons — coming off a 2011 injury to be one of the bright spots of a bad 2012 — but when the Cards decided to get younger at safety after that season with a new coaching staff, both he and Adrian Wilson were let go. Rhodes never did play again, moving into the entertainment business and now set to release a documentary called “Gone in an Instant,” which goes over the pro life of former NBA star Antoine Walker and his decent into bankruptcy after a career in which he made $110 million. I’m sure there will be more. This is a guy who knows Channing Tatum of “Magic Mike” and “21 Jump Street” fame well enough that Tatum actually visited a Cardinals’ training camp practice in Flagstaff in 2012 (and appearing on Rhodes’ version of the Big Red Rage.)


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11 Responses to “Ex-Cards Mendenhall, Rhodes work Hollywood”

  1. By Steve . on Jul 6, 2015 | Reply

    Darren: Your a pretty good writer too, when are you are going to go down to Hollywood and pitch a screenplay?!

  2. By Darren Urban on Jul 6, 2015 | Reply

    Steve —

    RE: Screenplay

    It’s crossed my mind more than once.

  3. By JohnnyBluenose on Jul 6, 2015 | Reply

    I thought Rhodes still had a year or two of football left in him and I never did read anything that said he no longer wanted to play nor did I read anything that explained why no team signed him.

  4. By rod (Darren Urban's Kin) on Jul 6, 2015 | Reply

    Hollywood? Don’t leave me bro!!

  5. By Eazy E on Jul 7, 2015 | Reply

    My bro Kerry got a raw deal because he had an excellent year before being released because of a pay cut of 6 million to 3 million, a 50% pay cut! Nobody gave him a shot most likely because of the gay rumors that ended up just rumors and that was probably what killed his career. Mendenhall just had enough and that was that I think.

  6. By Tommy on Jul 7, 2015 | Reply

    I recall many of the idiot fans out there who completely bagged mendi for his decision to retire. Life is not all about football and I’m glad to see that he and Kerry are putting their talented minds to work. That is awesome!!!

  7. By jaime on Jul 8, 2015 | Reply

    this very much off topic but please please i hope Dave Z is healthy and ready to punt and pin em back on the 5

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Jul 8, 2015 | Reply


    Mendenhal’s deep thoughts;

    How about his sympathy for bin laden?

    Or how he claims 9/11 was an inside job?

    Now, I am all for freedom of speech and would defend Rashad’s comments to the end, but it is hard to believe how 9/11 affected Mendenhal and Pat Tilman so differently.

  9. By rod on Jul 8, 2015 | Reply

    I just read where the Cards hired Rod Graves as VP.

    That wreaks of the Levi Brown and Ryan Lindley reunions…

    Why do that?

  10. By rod on Jul 8, 2015 | Reply

    Nevermind, I read the full article, the NFL hired him… Not the Cards…whew dodged a bullet, LITERALLY!!

  11. By Big Ken on Jul 12, 2015 | Reply

    Hollywood-good place for them.

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