Mike Furrey’s winding pro football career may have quietly come to an end on Thursday.
Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington reports that the Redskins wide receiver was seen leaving the team’s facility on Thursday with his personal belongings. Furrey told Russell that he was “done for the year, at least.”
Furrey is considering retirement after missing most of camp with concussion problems.
If this is it for Furrey, he’s had one of the more unique careers in recent history. He started on the Colts practice squad, spent years in the XFL and Arena League, then joined the Rams as a slot receiver. He wound up making a surprisingly smooth mid-career switch to free safety in St. Louis.
Furrey moved back to wideout in Detroit, and gained over 1,000 yards in Mike Martz’s offense. Furrey played both ways for the Lions and Browns, a truly rare breed in today’s NFL.
A finalist of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2009, Furrey also was a candidate for the prestigious PFT Pat Tillman award in 2010.
We wish Furrey all the best if he chooses to move on from football; he said he won’t decide his future until this winter.