James Laurinaitis retires

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Former Rams and Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis is calling it quits.

The 30-year-old Laurinaitis wrote on Twitter that it’s time for him to move on.

“With offseason programs starting back up, the thing I’m going to miss the most is the locker room,” Laurinaitis wrote. “The conversations and relationships I built with all that I’ve battled with will be my favorite memories. Players, coaches, equipment staff, medical staff, community outreach, marketing, you name it, the people I’ve met through this game is what I’ll take with me.”

Laurinaitis had an outstanding college career at Ohio State, winning both the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy as the best defensive player in the country. He was a second-round pick of the Rams in 2009, played there through 2015, and then played last year in New Orleans.

25 responses to “James Laurinaitis retires

  1. He was a good player…… but the WWE awaits!!!!!

    OOOOHHHHH WHAT A RUSH!!!!!

    Sadly, the WWE could never re-create the LOD/Road Warriors. They were one of a kind.

  2. Great player for his first several years. He would have made the pro bowl a couple of times if not for being on a lot of bad rams teams. Unfortunately he aged very quickly and became a liability in coverage his last couple of years.

  3. Watched him all his pro career. Solid, not flashy but steady, on some BAD teams. Covered up a lot of guys mistakes. Good luck in your next chapter.

  4. James is just 30 years old, 6’2″, 250, and started his first 115 career games in a row in NFL.

    His father Joe should be in WWE Hall of Fame (except he’s part of a class action concussion lawsuit against McMahon), mother is a former powerlifter, uncle John was Executive VP of Talent Relations… and now James is related to John Cena, Daniel Bryan, and the Bella twins (all retired/on extended leave).

    Point is, if he wants to do sports entertainment, the door is open a mile wide, and he’d have a ton of resources nearby.

  5. Just another OSU Luckeye bust.
    The WWE definitely awaits. His dad is a big deal behind the scenes so he will get a major push if he so chooses.

  6. Just another OSU Luckeye bust.
    The WWE definitely awaits. His dad is a big deal behind the scenes so he will get a major push if he chooses to do so.

  7. The st. louis rams were the bust…
    NOT 2nd rounder James Laurinaitis.

    2009: 4th most tackles in NFL
    2010: 8th most tackles in NFL
    2011: 3rd most tackles in NFL
    2012: 1st most tackles in NFL

    31st ranked DEFENSE when st. louis drafted him.
    12th ranked DEFENSE after his rookie season.

    Check out all the linebackers drafted in 2009.
    Five players were taken earlier (in the 1st round)… and… Laurinaitis has more tackles than ALL OF THEM.

    DID YOU KNOW: Laurinaitis has more career tackles than any linebacker taken in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 NFL Draft

    Only 5 players drafted in the two previous drafts have more career tackles than James Laurinaitis.

    … but… he’s the bust?!?

  8. I just heard that he changed his name to “The Warhawk” and bought the trunks, tights and makeup

    I read it on the internet!!

  9. QB Film Room says:
    Apr 11, 2017 6:04 PM
    Dude has always been a liability in coverage. Played against him in HS and picked him apart with passing game.
    ———————–

    Right. Because that Apple Valley passing attack really picked people apart.

  10. has always been a liability in coverage. Played against him in HS and picked him apart with passing game.

    Yet somehow this bust became an all time great at z football powerhouse, 8 productive years in the NFL And you accomplished what exactly????

  11. Leading tackler in Rams franchise history.

    More tackles in six seasons than Jack Youngblood (14 seasons), Merlin Olsen (15), Deacon Jones (11), Kevin Greene (8), and Tom Fears (9) had in Rams uniforms.

    Those men are all in the Hall of Fame.

  12. has always been a liability in coverage. Played against him in HS and picked him apart with passing game.

    Bet you I can throw a football over those mountains

  13. +++++++++++++++
    Bloodfart says:
    Apr 11, 2017 8:34 PM
    Isnt this the guy that attached himself to gronkowskis ankle one game and held on for 10 more yards and a td?
    +++++++++++++++

    Yes, yes he was…

    Best wishes in his retirement. He seemed pretty classy.

  14. With his college credentials he should be a HOF worthy already, classical example college football is way too slower than professional, James just didn’t have the speed to make it work.

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