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Rashard Mendenhall is either retiring or joining the Grateful Dead

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It can be hard to tell sometimes exactly what Rashard Mendenhall means.

But in a surreal — or trippy, or just weird — blog item he wrote for the Huffington Post, Mendenhall has created the impression that he might be retiring.

Maybe.

In his blog, Mendenhall writes about a “vision” he had two years ago, the day after he blew out his knee. He wrote about swimming in a dark sea, toward a vision of the Blessed Mother (even though he’s not Catholic).

Frankly, it reads like there should be a Phish album or a drum circle playing in the background, or perhaps that Ricky Williams has been helping him in his rehab.

“And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace,” he wrote. “Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead.”

As noted by Darren Urban of the team’s official website, it’s not exactly the kind of thing you expect to hear from a soon-to-be free agent, at least not one who is 26 years old.

This is from the same guy who apologized for a stream-of-consciousness set of Sept. 11/Osama bin Laden tweets, without really apologizing for their intent.

Then again, Mendenhall’s coming off a season in which he averaged 3.2 yards per carry, so perhaps he’s seeing something more clearly than most.

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18 Responses to “Rashard Mendenhall is either retiring or joining the Grateful Dead”
  1. kneelbeforesod says: Feb 25, 2014 2:34 PM

    He WILL…..get by.

  2. contract says: Feb 25, 2014 2:35 PM

    He knows that he’s done. He never really recovered from that knee injury.

  3. ziggystheansah says: Feb 25, 2014 2:37 PM

    He can go to Minnesota and line up at QB. He’d be more effective than the ones they currently have

  4. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 25, 2014 2:43 PM

    I recall Mendy’s commitment to the game of football came up before he even got drafted by the Steelers in the first round.

    This was based on Mendenhall’s own comments — nothing manufactured or contrived by others. And afterward, he went into damage control – and assured us how much football “truly meant to him.”

    This latest news does not come as a big surprise. If it were Tom Brady or Adrian Peterson, it’s be a mind blower – but not from Mendy.

  5. spartyownsyou says: Feb 25, 2014 2:46 PM

    I fail to see any connection whatsoever to the Grateful Dead or Phish and I’m a big fan of both bands. We’ll just call that a failed attempt at humor I guess

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 25, 2014 2:50 PM

    Must’ve traveled across the boarder one too many times to get some of that good sticky icky icky icky.

  7. 2difshoe says: Feb 25, 2014 2:50 PM

    It is clearly obvious that Mendenhall needs to treated for CTE….some of these comments should be concerning to those who care for him.

  8. pftmaniac says: Feb 25, 2014 2:52 PM

    I just had a “vision” of a “random” drug test for Rashard.

  9. theclink12 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:55 PM

    Mendenhall is channeling his inner Adam Muema

  10. getyourownname says: Feb 25, 2014 2:55 PM

    He never fully recovered from the hit by Ray Lewis, although it might be hard to tell the difference between his “before” and “after.”

  11. tomthebombtracy says: Feb 25, 2014 3:06 PM

    I remember the report in the paper after his first day at training camp when Tomlin chastised him for running sideways. Nickname after the Bin Laden comment became Al Qaeda. After he fumbled late in the SB when the Steelers wdte driving to take the lead, it became Rashard Fumbleball.

  12. schmitty2 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:12 PM

    Mendy was physically done 2 years ago…mentally he was done long before that.

  13. themagicman1223 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:21 PM

    I think it’s funny some people call Mendenhall crazy because of the 9/11 comments, only a VERY small number of people know what really happened. It’s definitely possible that there’s more that we don’t know.

  14. doe22us says: Feb 25, 2014 3:25 PM

    Yep, he is high, but anyhow if retirement is an option for him good for him. If he saved some of his NFL money he should be alright.

  15. rickywatts80 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:27 PM

    Maybe you had too much too fast.

  16. conjecture101 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:30 PM

    Gantt cant comprehend how people can have more profound thoughts than “which player should i rip on florio’s blog today”

  17. ravenswhat says: Feb 25, 2014 4:21 PM

    3.2 ypc? Hell, that’s AP like to Ravens fans!

  18. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 25, 2014 7:37 PM

    I still remember the Super Bowl where the Steelers had that final drive any fumbled the ball. I’m still of the belief that if he didn’t fumble the ball, that might’ve been different Super Bowl champion that year.

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