We haven’t heard anything from Jon Stinchcomb since the Saints released their longtime right tackle in August and we found out why on Thursday.
Stinchcomb is retiring from the sport instead of trying to fight his way back from serious knee and quadricep injuries. He started all 16 games for the Saints last season, but his play fell off a great deal from the level he established during his previous four years as a starter for New Orleans. Stinchcomb made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and was named the Saints Man of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
Stinchcomb announced that he wasn’t going to try to come back to the NFL during an interview with WIST radio in New Orleans. He later spoke with James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune and said he was surprised anyone was taken aback by the announcement.
“I just thought I was giving an interview and all of a sudden my cell phone is just lighting up,” he said. “Within my family and around my house, everyone has known for a while now I was done with football.”
When the Saints released Stinchcomb, team president Mickey Loomis said that he thought Stinchcomb would become a member of the team’s Hall of Fame. Now that Stinchcomb has retired, those wheels can be put in motion.