The abrupt halftime retirement of Vontae Davis, and Chris Borland retiring from the Niners after just one season has me thinking that it might be a smart move for future NFL athletes to deliberately have super-short careers.
Nowadays, a first-round NFL rookie can snag several million dollars per year even on their first contract, and if one has a frugal mindset and good financial acumen, one could consider oneself to be “set for life,” financially, with $5 million in the bank just as much as if one had $50 million. And with the increasing concern over concussions and the awareness that one could theoretically be paralyzed or maimed or even killed on any given play/down in the game, it would make more and more sense for future athletes to pull a Vontae Davis.
Sure, you probably couldn’t win a Super Bowl if you only play 1-2 seasons in the league, but if all you want is enough money to be set for life and to have an intact brain and body, you could play just one or two seasons, avoid injury on the field as much as you can, and then cash in and get out of the game in a hurry while you can. Might more athletes be interested in this sort of approach in the NFL in the future?