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Arian Foster considered retirement after last season’s back injury

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When Texans running back Arian Foster met the media last week, he didn’t have anything to say other than that he’s trying to be the best teammate that he can be.

Foster was more expansive in an interview with Hannah Storm of ESPN, however. Foster discussed the back injury that sent him to injured reserve last year and said that it was a “scary” moment that made him question whether or not he wanted to continue playing.

“Absolutely. Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that — a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season — you kind of re-evaluate your life,” Foster said. “You see what’s really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grand kids when you’re 50, 60 years old. People die on the football field. This is a really brutal sport. Going through an injury like that, being 27 years old, I’m young, still I’m at the prime of my career. Is it worth it to try to come back?”

Foster decided to return for the 2014 season, obviously, and promises to be the best that he can be this season. The injury and a meeting with Hall of Famer Earl Campbell, who uses a wheelchair because of chronic injuries, had an impact, though. Foster says he’ll “walk away” from the game “when I want to” after considering the long-term impact of life in the NFL.

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16 Responses to “Arian Foster considered retirement after last season’s back injury”
  1. thepftpoet says: Aug 4, 2014 5:10 PM

    Top 5 Running Backs in the NFL :

    1. Adrian Peterson.
    2. Adrian Peterson.
    3. Adrian Peterson.
    4. Adrian Peterson.
    5. Adrian Peterson.

    No one can even come close to the GOAT.

  2. Heretopissuoff says: Aug 4, 2014 5:12 PM

    Deep
    Khalil Mack> Clowney and Barr

  3. 4thquartermagic says: Aug 4, 2014 5:28 PM

    Oof and you know he would have retired if that “buy stock in athletes” scheme would have gone through.

    I dont fault him for being a savvy businessman.

    Also don’t fault him for wanting to walk away from the game without a cane.

  4. calhounlambeau says: Aug 4, 2014 5:29 PM

    This guy is so soft and entitled. Not a warrier at all. Good bye.

  5. Marshawn Lunch says: Aug 4, 2014 5:33 PM

    Guess fantasy football owners can take this as a big red flag that foster won’t ever get back to his greatness.

  6. cueghost says: Aug 4, 2014 5:36 PM

    You don’t dare draft this guy in a fantasy league, he might just up and quit at ANY point in the season…

  7. cueghost says: Aug 4, 2014 5:37 PM

    Peterson is better than Barry Sanders EVER WAS… and that’s coming from an Emmitt Smith fan, who was ALSO better than Barry ever was! Bring on the hate.

  8. scoochpooch says: Aug 4, 2014 5:48 PM

    If he retired…no one would notice.

  9. scoochpooch says: Aug 4, 2014 5:49 PM

    Emmitt Smith better than Barry, wow what a joke. Troll time.

  10. damcmp says: Aug 4, 2014 5:58 PM

    Just looking for attention again, a couple of years ago he said he was Vegan, he didn’t know what a vegan is, then he was going to have a heart procedure always something to get attention. LOSER! like the man said if he retired no one would notice

  11. mcguenther13 says: Aug 4, 2014 6:46 PM

    To even put AP in the same sentence with Barry Sanders is just irresponsible, while AP is great and awesome to watch, not a CHANCE he is better than Sanders ever was and Emmit Smith couldn’t even hold Barry’s jock strap

  12. abninf says: Aug 4, 2014 6:57 PM

    Eh, Sanders was a quitter. Earl rules them all.

  13. crawfish2011 says: Aug 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    Barry Sanders is the most overrated player in the Hall of Fame

  14. amaf21 says: Aug 4, 2014 8:08 PM

    Ricky Williams v2.0

  15. oilerthentexandiehard says: Aug 4, 2014 8:53 PM

    Guaranteed $20 Mil in 2012 for agreeing to work until the 2017 season starts. Thinking of retiring after 2013. He may never play the way he did before he got paid.

    If I banked $20 mil, I’d seriously consider quitting my job the same day, so I’d be a hypocrite to respond negatively.

    But damn. There’s a big difference between the guys that love to play, and guys who play for pay. Arian sounds like one of them and not the other.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2014 3:30 PM

    crawfish2011 says:
    Aug 4, 2014 7:25 PM

    Barry Sanders is the most overrated player in the Hall of Fame
    ___________________________

    Barry Sanders played for 10 years.

    … went to 10 Pro Bowls
    … was a 10 time All Pro
    … was a 4 time rushing champ
    … 1 of 7 RBs to break the 2k barrier
    … 3rd most rushing yds ever (had he played as long as Emmitt he would probably be #1)
    … 2nd most rushing yds per game ever

    Barry Sanders might be the most UNDERrated player in the HOF. He should easily be considered the best to ever play the game at any position and rarely is.

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