Rashard Mendenhall laid it all on the line when he played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Then came the knee injury and the organization turned their back on him. Think about that.
The guy played in two Super Bowls. He was a solid running back for Pittsburgh, then comes the injury and the Steelers walk away from him and now Mendenhall is walking away from the NFL.
Pittsburgh is one team that prides itself on being loyal to their players. It isn’t the case these days. Mendenhall could have done more for the Steelers and they let him go.
Sure, he played for the Cardinals last season, but the feeling he must have had when Pittsburgh turned their back on him must have been awful. You have to wonder if this played into his decision to retire from the game at only 26-years-old.
Do you think if he was still in a Steelers uniform he would be retiring? I wonder what he would have done had he not been abandoned by the team he thought he could call home.
Mendenhall could have made a difference to the Steelers season last year. He could have helped them establish a running game, something they needed.
Instead, the team found it better to walk away from Mendenhall and now he is walking away from the game of NFL football.
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