Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming "What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? After the initial shock response and realization that I'm not kidding, the question that would continue to arise is: Why? " Honestly, I've really enjoyed my time in the NFL and have had tons of fun. I've been to two Super Bowls; made a bunch of money; had a lot of success; traveled all over the country and overseas; met some really cool people; made lasting relationships; had the opportunity to give back to causes close to my heart; and have been able to share my experiences and wisdom with friends, family and people all over the world.He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished." The truth is, I don't really think my walking away is that big of deal. You're just going to walk away from millions of dollars? Not to mention all the fun I had goofing around at work day after day with my teammates!Such is the place where proponents of reforming the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) law now find ourselves.Our Association is part of a national coalition working to reform both the WEP and Government Pension Offset (GPO) laws.For me it's saying, "Football was pretty cool, but I don't want to play anymore. " However as I told the people around me that I wasn't planning on signing again, there was a surprising amount of shock and bewilderment. I'm thankful that I can walk away at this time and smile over my six years in the NFL, and 17 total seasons of football -- dating back to when I started pee-wee ball at Niles West in 1997, when I was 10.These experiences are all a part of me, and will remain in my heart no matter what I do, or where I go.Casting announcements began in November 2009, with George Segal as the first actor cast, playing the role of Alan Robbins, David's father, who bonds with his son while showing him the glories of his newfound lifestyle.
I've done enough of that since I've been playing football.
I actually didn't really plan on saying anything about my retirement at all. The fact that I was done playing would've been clear once some time had passed, and I hadn't signed back with the Cardinals or any other team.
Maybe people would've thought I couldn't get another job.
Hoping to reconnect with them and re-evaluate his life, he makes a snap decision to quit his job and take some time to live the dream of retirement that so many are working toward.
But he soon finds, to his surprise, that his parents are in the final stages of separating.