Arizona Cardinals free agent running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring from football, ESPN reports.
Mendenhall, 26, alluded to the fact that his days of playing in the NFL might be coming to an end in a Feb. 25 column he wrote for the Huffington Post, in which he said, “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.”
On Sunday his agent Mike McCartney confirmed via Twitter that Mendenhall had decided to end his playing career.
Mendenhall has always run at his own pace. In 2011 he made news off the field after Osama bin Laden’s death was reported. In a series of tweets, Mendenhall voiced his skepticism over bin Laden’s involvement in the 9/11 attacks and asked that Americans not rush to judgment.
Mendenhall tweeted, “What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side … “
Then he retweeted this comment: “I’m not convinced he was even behind the attacks we have really seen no evidence to prove it other than the gov telling us”
Mendenhall followed it up with this: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.” He later deleted this tweet.
He continued, “I believe in God. I believe we’re ALL his children. And I believe HE is the ONE and ONLY judge.”
He ended with this: “For those of you who said you want to see Bin Laden burn in hell … I ask how would God feel about your heart?”