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Patriots announce Armond Armstead has retired

Marcus Cannon, Armond Armstead AP

Defensive lineman Armond Armstead had to take the long route to get a chance in the NFL, but it looks like his stay in the league will end without playing in a regular season game.

The Patriots announced that Armstead has retired after spending all of the 2013 season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. Armstead signed with the Patriots after spending one season with the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL, where he landed after leaving USC after suffering a heart attack while he was a player for the school. He had an undiclosed infection last summer that led to surgery and his spot on the NFI list, although Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated it was unrelated to the heart issue.

“It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us. Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses,” Belichick said in the statement announcing Armstead’s retirement.

Hopefully whatever is forcing Armstead from the game won’t get in the way of that bright future.

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29 Responses to “Patriots announce Armond Armstead has retired”
  1. weepingjebus says: Jul 16, 2014 3:46 PM

    Gracious, lengthy statement about a guy who never made the field, which is weird considering how evil and emotionless Bill Belichick supposedly is around here.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    The NFL is monitoring this situation.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 16, 2014 3:48 PM

    Heres how many Superbowls the Patriots have won Since Spygate :

  4. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 16, 2014 3:49 PM

    Good speech by BB on his departure. Not as romantic as 33 pages of texts, but good nonetheless.

  5. scrp2 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:50 PM

    Coach Belichick sent this out in a text.

  6. bskeezy000 says: Jul 16, 2014 3:53 PM

    I’m a Pats fan, and 2 years ago – I thought this was a big signing. That’s all I got……

  7. completefan says: Jul 16, 2014 3:53 PM

    He was a beast and a huge part of our 2012 Grey Cup triumph. Best of luck, Armond on your future endeavours.

  8. clarencewhorley says: Jul 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    Really sad, his CFL highlight video on YouTube is incredible.

    Hopefully he can coach kids (if he wants to stay in football) because he had great footwork and hands

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    belichick releases a glowing human-esque statement about some nobody player minutes after prosecutor’s office mentions secret texts between him and murderer aaron hernandez are said to being investigated.

  10. sbchampsagain says: Jul 16, 2014 3:54 PM

    Who?
    Will BB be doing this for the 40 other guys he will cut this summer?

  11. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 16, 2014 3:56 PM

    Total bumout for a talented prospect. Truth be told I had closed the book on him when I found out that he wouldn’t be ready for OTAs and kind of assumed he just didn’t want it bad enough. Even if that had been the case I wouldn’t have blamed him. Heart issues are scary.

    Best of luck in whatever comes next.

  12. pats1944 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:05 PM

    If this guy didn’t have a heart attack when he was 21 he would’ve been drafted in rounds 3-5. Unfortunately, the USC medical staff was incompetent. My guess is he retried because his law suit with USC required him never to play football again in order to get the settlement money. I’m sure it will be in the 10-20 million range for “forfeited wages”

  13. weareluckytohavemikeflorio says: Jul 16, 2014 4:35 PM

    coach gave him an unbelievable ‘letter of reference’ to anyone who is listening or interested in having this guy be part of their “team”.
    i dont think Coach throws around compliments early or often.

  14. somethinsbruin says: Jul 16, 2014 4:36 PM

    Diabetes.

  15. flash1287 says: Jul 16, 2014 4:39 PM

    Ever notice it’s the same handful of losers making the same lame comments on every Patriot thread?

    Must suck not having a life.

  16. pastabelly101 says: Jul 16, 2014 5:17 PM

    The Vikings will sign him anyway -SKOL!!!

  17. corvetteman6 says: Jul 16, 2014 7:00 PM

    Damn. No Super Bowl this year.

  18. vikesr4reel says: Jul 16, 2014 7:15 PM

    ZERO Superbowls since Spygate
    Makes ya wonder now don’t it
    Skol

  19. beefsbrother says: Jul 16, 2014 8:00 PM

    Vikes: 0 Super Bowls since God created the planet.

  20. kissbillsrings says: Jul 16, 2014 8:02 PM

    Vikesr4reel(not)…Wrong… 2 Super Bowl since Spygate just didn’t win them… Lost both by a total of 7 points…At least get it right if you want to babble!!!
    Pats got a good shot at another appearance this year too … Enjoy another lousy regular season…poor Peterson… Barry Sanders part 2

  21. vikesr4reel says: Jul 16, 2014 9:20 PM

    How is BB not in jail??
    Un real…

  22. j0esixpack says: Jul 16, 2014 9:34 PM

    Geeze – how badly did the Jets cheat (not to mention the other NFL “never wuz” teams) to earn the bad karma of going so long without a Super Bowl!

    The Jets haven’t win since before Man walked on the Moon. Heck – they remain tied w the Houston Oilers for eastern conference titles!

    They must have made the football gods angry!

  23. slaugin says: Jul 16, 2014 10:15 PM

    That picture is perfect! He was nothing but a myth around here, like the abominable snowman. So why would I get to see his face? Because he doesn’t exist!!!

  24. beerndrums says: Jul 16, 2014 11:06 PM

    I bet his parting gift isn’t a Rolex Video Cam

  25. guypatsfan says: Jul 17, 2014 6:22 AM

    I can see all the losers dragging Spygate out twenty years from now. Give it up, haters, it’s irrelevant now, and forever more.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 17, 2014 10:29 AM

    Spygate will be relevant for as long as the Pats SB wins* are in the record books. You shouldn’t be mad at trolls about spygate, you should be made at your coach for cheating tarnishing what was thought to be a great team. There will always be doubt, Goodell ensured that by destroying the evidence.

  27. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 17, 2014 2:01 PM

    Armstead sent Bill a note on the back of a napkin. It said:

    ‘AA retires as DL of the NEP’

  28. jimcarnoven says: Jul 19, 2014 10:51 AM

    It’s a great time to be a Pats fan. When most dynasties log in their last SB win, you never hear from them again. But the Pats have been to 2 SBs (losing both by a combined 7 points), and made 3 additional AFFCG appearances since turning over an aging defense and since the league made sea changes in rules governing how defenders can cover / hit WRs.

  29. jimcarnoven says: Jul 19, 2014 10:53 AM

    “Spygate will be relevant for as long as the Pats SB wins* are in the record books. You shouldn’t be mad at trolls about spygate, you should be made at your coach for cheating tarnishing what was thought to be a great team. There will always be doubt.”

    Nope. Not with all the coaches who came out and said it was nothing. There was no in-game benefit and the only way you could benefit was if you played the team a second time in the same season and that team didn’t change its signal calling. And it only benefits the offense. When the Pats won their titles, it was the defense that carried them. Brady had not yet evolved into the star QB he is now.

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