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A day after signing with Chargers, Boller retires

Kyle Boller, Norv Turner AP

The San Diego Chargers were looking for a camp arm when they signed quarterback Kyle Boller as a street free agent on Friday. But Boller doesn’t want to play football anymore.

Kevin Acee of the Union-Tribune San Diego reports that Boller, 31, has retired.

The Chargers are now back in the market for a camp arm.

Boller’s NFL career ends after eight seasons. The 19th overall pick in the 2003 draft, Boller finishes with a 48:54 touchdown-to-interception ratio and 56.7 completion rate. He went 20-27 in 47 career starts.

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54 Responses to “A day after signing with Chargers, Boller retires”
  1. jhorton83 says: Jul 28, 2012 8:14 PM

    Another great one hangs up his cleats. I’ll certainly be there for his Hall of Fame induction in 2017. It’ll be a tear-jerker.

  2. jdmonte11 says: Jul 28, 2012 8:14 PM

    Why? Do they still get a signing bonus at that age?

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 28, 2012 8:16 PM

    Just wanted to retire as a Charger?!?
    Out with a whimper….

  4. gpack17 says: Jul 28, 2012 8:17 PM

    Glad to see he got to retire a Charger.

  5. chazzmon says: Jul 28, 2012 8:18 PM

    Why on earth did he sign?

  6. createatopia says: Jul 28, 2012 8:21 PM

    I’m resisting the urge to mock Boller’s career. So should you. He’ll probably be our president in 20 years. Then again, we make more fun of THEM than football players.

    Never mind. Proceed.

  7. whodeyinpa says: Jul 28, 2012 8:22 PM

    Kyle signed the contract on Friday and was looking forward to the upcoming season only to wake up Saturday morning and realize he was Kyle Boller

  8. codysteeler says: Jul 28, 2012 8:26 PM

    Boller was at least better than jamarcus russell…props!

  9. millerhour says: Jul 28, 2012 8:30 PM

    It is entirely possible he was not informed he was only there to fill a spot until final cuts until after he signed the contract

  10. thejabronisayz says: Jul 28, 2012 8:33 PM

    People will mock him for being a pretty below average quarterback but the guy still made it to the NFL and he still made enough money to hopefully last him the rest of his life. Wishing him a happy retirement.

  11. descendency says: Jul 28, 2012 8:41 PM

    Kyle Boller must have been watching inspirational videos on Youtube and thought he could be Peyton Manning if he just tried harder.

  12. jacksaysfu says: Jul 28, 2012 8:41 PM

    He must have just found out that Vincent Jackson went to Tampa .

  13. treesloth16 says: Jul 28, 2012 8:46 PM

    Stupid Chargers. Got screwed again. AJ!AJ!AJ!

  14. knowerofallthings says: Jul 28, 2012 8:50 PM

    Hope he has invested well; wish him luck.

  15. jacobslatter says: Jul 28, 2012 8:54 PM

    I have a feeling that spending more time around wife Carrie Prejean will not bode well in the long term.

  16. capitaloffense says: Jul 28, 2012 8:57 PM

    Everyone can’t be that special player. To be in a league where everyone is great (relatively, of course) is an amazing accomplishment. I’m sure he had dreams of the Hall of Fame but sometimes it is not meant to be. Either way, congratulations on your NFL career, best of luck in your next venture. I, for one, salute you.

  17. mclovinib says: Jul 28, 2012 9:10 PM

    that kid was as tough as a coffin nail when he was in baltimore…never blamed his o-line for taking a beating on almost every pass attempt, never blamed ozzie newsome for giving him arguably the worst receivers in the league or the genius billick for the most vanilla offensive scheme imaginable. he just took his lumps and kept trying….he had little chance with what he had in the passing game. he wasn’t the most talented guy, but he played his ass off and never complained…..much respect…and i’m a raven fan

  18. hifive123 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:24 PM

    But he can throw the ball over 50 yards while kneeling!

  19. randallflagg52 says: Jul 28, 2012 9:26 PM

    My full time job was to install entertainment systems in and around Baltimore, and one day we got a call to a freshly signed rookie Kyle Boller’s house. One of the coolest people I have ever met, very down to Earth despite being so young and newly rich. Very polite also. He may not have had a distinguished NFL career, but I wish him luck.

    And I’m a Raven fan.

  20. blackqbwhiterb says: Jul 28, 2012 9:26 PM

    Boller made more $$$$ in the last 9 seasons than most people will in a 40-year adult working life….keep that in mind as you poke fun at him…..

  21. ajchargers says: Jul 28, 2012 9:33 PM

    Dennis Dixon! Whoever he pissed on in Pittsburg made a BIG mistake and we need to jump on it, stat.

  22. iamthefootballjerk says: Jul 28, 2012 9:36 PM

    He was a turd… but he was a tough turd. However, he was NEVER destined for stardom. When he left Baltimore, he still was terrible. So I don’t necessarily take all of the blame off of him.

    50% Boller
    45% Billick (& Cavanaugh)
    5% Ozzie

    Sorry, no receiver wanted to sign with the Ravens while Boller was at QB and Jamal Lewis was getting the ball 400 times. The O-Line still had Ogden, it was just Boller’s happy feet. He looked like he was on hot coals all the time!!

  23. ambitoos says: Jul 28, 2012 9:53 PM

    This is not good news. I was looking forward to seeing Carrie Prejean at the games. Darned.

  24. icewalker946 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:14 PM

    He probably just woke up and thought to himself, “I’m getting too old for this stuff.” I’ve heard a lot of players, when they retire, say that when you don’t want to play anymore, you just know.

    He may have been trying to convince himself that it wasn’t over but inside he knew. And instead of putting the Chargers thru preparing him for the season or even a starting job if called upon, he gave up what he’s been doing for a lot of his life.

    Not everyone can be Joe Montana. For being Kyle Boller, he should be proud.

  25. starfan79 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:21 PM

    He could keep playing the backup role, easy money.. Makes me think he is really done.. Time to invest in a car dealership!

  26. patriotinvasion says: Jul 28, 2012 10:26 PM

    For those that don’t know, Boller was taken with the Patriots 1st rounder in 2003, that they eventually flipped for Vince Wilfork in 2004. Wilfork has played in 3 Super Bowls, with a ring, and is widely regarded as the best nose tackle on the league. I’ll take it.

  27. huejackson says: Jul 28, 2012 10:26 PM

    I don’t know about that, I honestly think I would choose Jamarcus over Boller, Boller single handily ruined the Raiders last year, If Campbell never gets injured Raiders win the WEST by 3 games even get a playoff game, heck the Raiders might even be Superbowl champs right now..
    Oh by the way Jamarcus Russell beat the steelers

  28. touchdownroddywhite says: Jul 28, 2012 10:30 PM

    He wanted together as part of a team and not a Fa. We’ll played, sir.

  29. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:32 PM

    Boller went 20-27 in 47 career starts? What was his ERA?
    Attaching win/loss records onto quarterbacks is the dumbest thing ever dreamed up. A quarterback is no more responsible for a team victory (or loss) than a linebacker.
    Unless a QB plays offense, defense and special teams, his only responsibilies are to protect the football and direct his offense into the end zone as often as possible.
    Football is the ultimate team sport.

  30. josephgattuso says: Jul 28, 2012 10:42 PM

    Finished his career with the Chargers? The legacy has been completed. Kyle Boller IS Johnny Unitas.

  31. randallflagg52 says: Jul 28, 2012 10:52 PM

    patriotinvasion says:Jul 28, 2012 10:26 PM

    For those that don’t know, Boller was taken with the Patriots 1st rounder in 2003, that they eventually flipped for Vince Wilfork in 2004. Wilfork has played in 3 Super Bowls, with a ring, and is widely regarded as the best nose tackle on the league. I’ll take it.

    ==================================

    Vince Wilfork the best nose tackle in the NFL? That’s laughable. Keep in mind the 4-3 actually DOES have a nose tackle, a fact a lot of people are ignorant of. I’d personally take Haloti Ngata (usually a 3-4 end but get’s plenty of snaps at NT), Suh (minus the ‘roid rage), and Casey Hampton over Wilfork.

    Wilfork hasn’t made the Patriots defense any better over the last couple of years, those guys have.

  32. sdtodd says: Jul 28, 2012 10:53 PM

    Please San Diego don’t sign McNabb!

  33. stunzeed5 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:01 PM

    They could always bail….err….sign Coke….err….Colt Brennan. I hear he’s available on the cheap!

  34. borophyll says: Jul 28, 2012 11:04 PM

    A below-average NFL QB can retire at 31 with millions in the bank and a brain-dead super model wife. Only in America, baby.

  35. ripseau says: Jul 28, 2012 11:05 PM

    Retirement? Must have been feeling a lil low. Maybe he read the pft comment thread about his signing.

  36. raqaiw says: Jul 28, 2012 11:08 PM

    @randallflagg52:

    I agree with you about Wilfork not being the best NT in the game,but Ngata is not a NT,he’s a 3-technique tackle or a 5-technique DE in most packages. Terrence Cody is actually the Ravens’ NT. Ngata is probably good enough to be a straight 0-technique NT,but his versatility and the ability to move him around the defensive front to get the best matchup is what makes him so great.

  37. macadamia2010 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:08 PM

    Worst Ravens 1st round pick EVER. Ray Lewis would have at least 2 more SB rings if he had an even AVERAGE QB the years the Ravens wasted on trying to convince all of us Boller was an NFL quarterback. GROSS!

  38. brenenostler says: Jul 28, 2012 11:24 PM

    I thought San Diego got Charlie Whitehurst back…

  39. jpb12 says: Jul 28, 2012 11:30 PM

    Boller … #19 overall pick less than 10 years ago.
    Yup

  40. genericcommenter says: Jul 28, 2012 11:42 PM

    I think his former teammate Troy Smith is out there. He couldn’t crack the Steelers’ top 4, but he fits the camp arm bill.

  41. youhavenoclue says: Jul 28, 2012 11:48 PM

    Kyle (I Should of Been a) Boller

  42. rodgers419 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:00 AM

    Flacco is Boller with a better team.

  43. burlbradley says: Jul 29, 2012 12:20 AM

    Keith Null, Brian St. Pierre, Andrew Walter, Charlie Frye, and many others are staring at their phones…

  44. marcrayray says: Jul 29, 2012 12:54 AM

    His wife is hot!

  45. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 29, 2012 12:57 AM

    ajchargers: Dixon has made it clear to all the right people within the Steelers organization that he wants a shot at being the starter.
    He’s never going to get that chance in Pittsburgh, for two very good reasons: 1.) Roethlisberger is only 30 years old; and 2.) Dixon isn’t very good.
    Other than that …

  46. billmead1976 says: Jul 29, 2012 1:27 AM

    close to ten years in the nfl, smoking hot wife, not so bad for a guy that went to berkeley.

  47. wethog66 says: Jul 29, 2012 1:55 AM

    Boller was drafted by Ozzie Newsome wasn’t he? I thought Newsome never got draft picks wrong.

  48. wfingers23 says: Jul 29, 2012 2:10 AM

    Jul 28, 2012 10:26 PM
    I don’t know about that, I honestly think I would choose Jamarcus over Boller, Boller single handily ruined the Raiders last year, If Campbell never gets injured Raiders win the WEST by 3 games even get a playoff game, heck the Raiders might even be Superbowl champs right now..
    Oh by the way Jamarcus Russell beat the steelers
    —————————–

    The Raiders season was over when McFadden went down. Campbell was just a coincidence.

  49. qj1984 says: Jul 29, 2012 2:28 AM

    Boller was never a very good football player. He didn’t have the mental toughness to make it in the NFL but he sure didn’t have a problem putting his body on the line. I still remember an awesome block he threw down field on a McGahee TD run vs the Bills in 2007. That linebacker had to feel like such a chump for being taken out by Boller.

    The name Kyle Boller is the epitome of the Ravens struggles at QB. When this guy left Baltimore he owned every career Ravens passing record. Records it took Joe Flacco just 4 years to demolish. Ravens fans need to appreciate what we have because we could still have that.

  50. 20ereedboyyyy says: Jul 29, 2012 5:33 AM

    I am shocked at the people defending this clown, he was one of the worst QB’s taken in the first round of all time. Sorry Kyle Boller, I am sure you are a nice guy, but I would take Jason Street post spinal injury as my QB over you…..congrats for sticking around as long as you did without one discernible talent. In the words of Heddo from Rookie of the Year, See Ya!

  51. discosucs2005 says: Jul 29, 2012 6:21 AM

    One fun stat for Boller: at four different times in his career he went head to head with Super Bowl winning, pro bowl QBs and statistically out played them.

    “the Raiders might even be Superbowl champs right now.”

    There is no fan base as diluted as the Oakland Raiders.

  52. joetoronto says: Jul 29, 2012 6:22 AM

    The 4-3 CAN have a NT, depending on the alignment.

    As for Boller, he obviously couldn’t live with being a Charger.

    I can’t blame him.

  53. staffordsyear says: Jul 29, 2012 6:50 AM

    Kyle boller>joey harrington.

  54. cortizzle510 says: Jul 29, 2012 9:50 AM

    Considering the alternative, I guess retirement isn’t so bad! San Diego is just like a commitment starved woman in her 30′s… Ringless!

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