It’s been an interesting off season with young players retiring from the NFL. At 31 years-old, Tennessee Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley joined the growing list of players calling it quits with something left in the tank. The news follows other Titans ending their careers on their terms including Jake Locker and Michael Roos. The trend for linebackers retiring at a younger age started with the San Francisco 49ers’ Chris Borland back in March at 24 years old.
"“While I am grateful for the opportunity to play in the NFL, I am closing this chapter of my life and looking towards the future,” Wimbley said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the National Football League for giving me the opportunity to play the game that I love. I’d like to thank the Browns, the Raiders and the Titans organizations for believing in me and allowing me to represent their cities, and I’d especially like to thank my family, friends, fans, teammates and coaches for their unwavering support and guidance over the years.“While I still feel like I could be competitive on the field, at this point in my life, my family is my priority. Although my wife and two young daughters have always been incredibly supportive of my career, I am looking forward to spending more meaningful time with them and never missing another big moment in their lives!“Words can’t express how grateful I am for my time in the NFL and I thank God for the irreplaceable opportunity; however I am equally excited for what this next chapter will bring.”"
"On Saturday, Tennessee picked Jalston Fowler out of Alabama in the fourth round with the 108th pick of the draft.Croom, the Titans’ running backs coach, said he’s always believed that to draft a fullback, he’s got to be a great blocker and also bring more.“If you just count fullback snaps, most of the time 12-15 plays is normal just for a true lead blocker,” Croom said. “But when you count the guy’s value on special teams, that can be another 10-15 plays. A guy who catches the ball out of the backfield, he gets to play more. A guy that you may use as a runner in one-back situations to finish a game and give you some depth, he gets to play more."
"“I just want to thank God for this opportunity,” Collins said to open his introductory press conference. “This opportunity sitting here in front of this organization, everything that it stands for, everything that these guys are trying to build here. I feel like I represent. I feel like I fit in. … I had the opportunity to choose from 32 teams where I wanted to be. I wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy.”"
"Asked by reporter Jim Gray if the controversy over the footballs used in the AFC Championship Game has detracted from his joy of winning the Super Bowl, Brady offered the same answer, “Absolutely not.”“Because we earned and achieved everything that we got this year as a team,” Brady continued. “I’m proud of that and the fans should be, too.”"