49ers’ Anthony Davis retires at age 25

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The 49ers have once again lost a player to a surprise retirement.

Anthony Davis, a 25-year-old offensive tackle who was the 11th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, said in a statement that he is retiring from football.

“After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s ok,” Davis said. “I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. Im simply doing what’s best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.”

Davis had started every game for all five of his NFL seasons until last year, when he missed nine games during an injury-plagued season. Of particular concern was a late-season concussion which had lingering symptoms.

The 49ers have also lost Chris Borland, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith to retirements this offseason.

186 responses to “49ers’ Anthony Davis retires at age 25

  1. As a close friend of the organization, my peers in the front office are disappointed because had they known this, they would have put more into the Mike Iupati fund and locked him up as best as they could.

  2. 1. Harbaugh rans these guys to the ground.

    2. This will show the rest of the team what kind of depth the Niners have. If any team, not named the Seahawks, can deal with this, it’s them.

  3. “it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL”

    I hope he’s aware they will still have control of his contract if he intends to come back.

  4. We’re going to find out that the 49ers are employing a doctor who is actually frank and honest with all of the players instead of the sugarcoated stories they’re used to hearing.

  5. The hits keep coming for the Santa Clara 49’ers.

    Was Levi Stadium built on sacred Indian burial
    grounds or what?

    Trying to figure out the “jinx/curse” they’ve been
    hit with lately.

  6. As a die hard Niner fan, I don’t care that he’s stepping away, I just think he’s a dingus for not doing it prior to the draft/letting Iupati walk. I get doing what’s best for yourself, but if you had any love for the organization you could have at least hinted at this before now. Ugh.

  7. This might be the point that Niner fans should start to question the college scouting department’s preparation. They seem to be omitting “Love of the game” from their draft prep.

  8. Tomsula can’t decide if he’s playing too much jazz flute during team meetings, or not enough.

  9. Wow, I wish him well, but is there something in San Fran we don’t know about?

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    Jeez, I don’t know. Maybe they lost their coach which lead to their loss of love for the game? Five guys retiring, not a coincidence.

  10. So if tomsula is such a players coach and all the players love him then why are all of his players quitting in their prime?

    Seems like he’s more of a yes man and a puppet to the front office, something harbaugh never was.

    Oh ya, SKOL.

  11. He left the door open for a comeback…just my opinion I think alot of these guys will start retiring early once they have made enough to have them set for life…high picks will play thru the first contract maybe contract and a half then retire still young… it’s going to happen more often I have a feeling…

  12. Seems Deion Sanders needs to keep his mouth shut. Stirring the crap with his lamebrain comments about Harbaugh losing the locker room was as boneheaded as Sanders usually is when he opens his mouth. Well, SFhas lost more since Harbaugh left than they had lost the whole time Harbaugh was there. If York survives the year I will be shocked.

  13. Oh, he should have decided before he was sure that he would retire? It sux, sure, but a good team has someone who can step in….oh, never mind.

  14. This is crazy. I root against the Niners because some of their fans are human trash, but this sucks for the organization and the sane fans.

    I wish Davis well. It seems like he’s already experiencing mental difficulties. Better to step away now with the chance of living a halfway normal life than to stay and destroy all the years you have left.

    The concussion issue is a huge problem not just for the NFL, but for the game of football.

  15. All this is hard to take as a long time Niners fan……..on a positive note at least we got rid of Greg Roman, the OC caller in history…..Rex Ryan will love him…he runs straight up the middle every play

  16. Wondering if his brain or body wasn’t feeling as good as he hoped it would in OTA’s. Can’t explain the timing otherwise.

  17. sportsbastard says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:30 PM
    This might be the point that Niner fans should start to question the college scouting department’s preparation. They seem to be omitting “Love of the game” from their draft prep.
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    Pain, injuries and broken bones will sometimes make you reconsider depth of that love

  18. lmao!! they are all heading for the hills.
    You gotta love it, I hope they have some big shoulders since they will be lifting 3 teams above them…..lmao

  19. Tough break for the 9ers and their fans, but good for this young fella. We only get to do this once; can’t blame him for not wanting to trash his body and brain for the sake of NFL Inc.

  20. Next article will be that the water boy has given up and retired in Santa Clara. Best of luck with the nobody has it better clause.
    Firing Harbaugh will set the niners back for years. But hey, their seats have WiFi.
    Time to hold Jed accountable. As a Seahawks I’m disappointed that the rivalry is gonna be dead. But im willing to hand out pitch forks and torches to niners fans to

  21. Don’t see a massive exodus on any other team due to fear of head injury, this is reeking of retaliation for the way the ownership treated harbaugh.

  22. “I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up.”

    Easy to say when you get a few millions dollars as a 1st round pick.

  23. You calling us the Santa Clara 49ers only shows your ignorance or.that your a hater either way you look ridiculous do you call it the Arlington Cowboys? I guess you probably would . I have a feeling the FO was aware or had a feeling and that’s why we picked up some more o line players .People relax it’s good to let these players that aren’t 100% ready go.

  24. …as a close friend of the organization…ALRIGHT ALREADY, BLITZ!!! WE GET IT! Are we supposed to think your comments are golden or something? More valid than others in here with inside knowledge that don’t go tooting thier own horns? Geez, man. Drop it already.

  25. moosington says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:29 PM
    As a die hard Niner fan, I don’t care that he’s stepping away, I just think he’s a dingus for not doing it prior to the draft/letting Iupati walk. I get doing what’s best for yourself, but if you had any love for the organization you could have at least hinted at this before now. Ugh.
    ________________
    Could it be possible he wasn’t particularly fond of the organization?

  26. Why would he care about the team? Everyone tells the players this is just a business, including owners/management. Teams almost always do what’s “best for the team”. Sometimes, at the urging of the fans. Well, for a change, a player is doing what’s best for himself. BRAVO! More 49ers should follow his lead…….

  27. DonKellyBaby says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:29 PM
    Take a year off, become a free agent, get paid big bucks and pick the team you want to pay for.
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    Doesn’t work that way. Original team maintains the rights for retired players for 3 years.

  28. widerightyouloseagain says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:36 PM

    Man, it must really suck to be a Clarie.

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    What in the hell is a Clarie?

  29. This is totally politically incorrect but I’m going to say it and mean it anyhow.

    Pansy. Have fun sitting on your boat with your millions of dollars for the next few years. Hopefully it will run out when you’re in your mid 30’s and you can start making appearances at the local car lot to make a living.

    I think he already has a head injury.

  30. Seriously – This organization invested a lot of money in this guy. He was an employee they compensated very well with the understanding that he was going to show up for work. He got his money and now he’s going to go sit in his mansion.

    Boo this effort and attitude.

  31. whodey420 says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:27 PM

    Trying to figure out the “jinx/curse” they’ve been
    hit with lately.
    —-

    The “jinx/curse” in this case is named Jed York.

  32. As a close friend of the organization. My peers informed that the train has already derailed.

    Update from Santa Clara: The entire defense is contemplating retirement… Stay tuned.

  33. “commenter says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:55 PM
    He’ll come crawling back.”

    Go back under your rock.

  34. If he suffered a serious concussion last season, the most likely explanation is simply that he found he couldn’t cope with the level of activity required for OTAs without suffering a recurrence of concussion symptoms and made the smart decision to step away from the game. It sounds like he’s looking at revisiting the decision at the end of the year, which is also smart because the year will give his brain a chance to recover and maybe he’ll be able to come back.

  35. Wow, this is crazy. I mean, good for him, but this is highly unusual.

    Is it really becoming a part of the public (and especially player) consciousness that the game has become just too damaging to be worth even the incredible amounts the players get paid?

  36. Good for him. All the money in the world doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have your health.

    Does make me wonder if Jeds ego and obvious lack of direction has gotten to the players? Do I really want to sacrifice my health when our front office doesn’t have a clue what it’s doing?

  37. Nothing is going on in San Francisco, they are in Santa Clara so it must be a San Jose thing, lol!

    Second, you guys calling it Frisco and San Fran make those of us that live here cringe.

  38. Alex Boone, your agent is on park 1 with your new contract offer and guess what, it is quite a bit bigger than the last offer the Niners gave you.

  39. Who thinks if harbaugh is still there all these dudes are still on the team? I believe the front office is definitely a factor. It’s insane!

  40. All these guys leaving for a year are going to miss the end of Jedidiah’s new regime…1-15

  41. Normally I would do some small needling being a fan of a division rival but the NFL lost a promising RT. I always said he was a stud at run blocking a little below average at pass blocking but believed he would have that done with more years league.

    2012 – 49ers had the best offensive line in football and 2015 it is a big question mark.

  42. He’s walking away from a big contract, but he also made 37.5 on his rookie contract. All the injuries probably shook him up and made him think. If he doesn’t file his papers he can always come back. Unfortunately, his is the last rookie class(2010) that can probably make these kinds of decisions. The new CBA kicked in after that, and most players may not be able to walk away from that 2nd contract so easily, even if they’d rather not play.

  43. The total tax rate in California is about 61% in his bracket. Another 10-15% for an agent, family clawing at your bank account, why kill yourself? What is the point?

  44. Dear PFT: please move the “Report Comment” hyperlink a little further from the likes/dislikes. Help me help you.

    W/r/t this article, I love seeing the players stand up for themselves. The NFL’s best chance for long-term success is players learning to better protect their own interests. Good luck, Mr. Davis!

  45. seems that giving players the information about brain health leads to many of them actually digesting it and some of them making a hard decision.

    Strange that it is all one team, they are taking it for the whole league.

    How Harbaugh was treated by the ownership is all I can think of.
    If you play so hard and win so much and they still drive your coach out…must cost these guys allot of motivation.

    Harbaugh did have that team rolling for about 5 years.

  46. AD you will always be a Rutgers man, and a thinker. Getting your degree helped make you the man you are today and the intelligence to determine that your life is worth a lot more than a few dollars now.

  47. A really bad concussion will make you think more about life then just money smart move kid enjoy the rest of your life with your brain still intact…

    Good luck.

  48. These guys can’t wait to get out of the lame Bay Area and no amount of money can keep them here. If I had a crappy job I’d be outta here so fast. The only people who seem to enjoy it here are the locals who have never been outside of California, or rubes that moved here from the sticks and never seen a building over 3 stories tall.

  49. Now I’m wondering if these guys are leaving because of what the organization did to Harbaugh…..

  50. Never scene an off season like this, I guess this is one way to deal with the impending cap problem people were foreshadowing. wow……

  51. I think that all of this is because these guys don’t want to play for the current coach and management. They can retire, stay away for a year, and then come back into the league as a FA. Why not? If you hate your team’s coaches and management that much?

    This quote kind of supports that theory: “After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s ok,”

  52. The 49ers are on the slick slope of decline. Their quarterback, once thought the future of the NFL, is actually a terrible quarterback. Why would anyone with a scant bit of intelligence want to play there? It Is not some freak thing that guys are walking away from the game, rather than to play in SF……

  53. Had no thought of this at that time but I was hoping that the team would get in the La’el Collins sweepstakes when it was happening. Seems like the Cowboys were willing to take a chance and the Niners were planning their sod program for the summer. 7-9 maybe…UGH!

  54. Good on him. A concussion is a life changing event, and if you have the cash, exit and do something else. He doesn’t have to join the crowd that dies in their 50s and 60s rich…yet poor.

  55. “I get doing what’s best for yourself, but if you had any love for the organization you could have at least hinted at this before now. Ugh.”

    obviously he doesn’t have any love for them. And why should he?

  56. As a long time Niner fan, this is brutal to watch. However Niner fans remain fans and dont bail on their team….

    When the Shehawks collapse….and yes it is gonna happen soon when Russell takes all the dough……the new fair weather Seattle fans will jump ship fast and never be heard from again on these boards

  57. …..and take note Seattle..

    Giants 3X World champs in 5 years!
    Warriors NBA champs!

    We still have dominance ….

  58. A bunch of quitters if you ask me. When the going gets tough, you stick together, not scatter like flies. Next Kaep is gonna want out and it’s tough to blame him at this point.

  59. As a close friend of the organization, it’s become my job to turn the lights off when everyone else in the organization quits.

  60. The niner’s botched the hiring process with Adam Gase and proved incompetent and ended up promoting a fool to head coach and the team – especially the defense – knows it. They are the definition of NFL dysfunctional. Rats are abandoning a sinking ship.

  61. cornerstone2001 says:
    Jun 5, 2015 7:29 PM
    As a long time Niner fan, this is brutal to watch. However Niner fans remain fans and dont bail on their team….

    When the Shehawks collapse….and yes it is gonna happen soon when Russell takes all the dough……the new fair weather Seattle fans will jump ship fast and never be heard from again on these boards
    _____________________________________________________________________
    Not up to you to tell fans how they should react. Get over yourself.

  62. Seriously to assume players are retiring rather than play for SF is at best moronic

  63. jigwig13 says:
    Jun 5, 2015 5:34 PM
    He left the door open for a comeback…just my opinion I think alot of these guys will start retiring early once they have made enough to have them set for life…high picks will play thru the first contract maybe contract and a half then retire still young… it’s going to happen more often I have a feeling…

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    Nice theory except it doesn’t seem to be happening anywhere else but San Fran. So there has to be more going on here than money. When they were winning Super Bowls and the owner was taking everyone to Hawaii, SF was the team everyone wanted to play for. Clearly the culture has changed, going from rarefied air to toxic.

  64. Cardale Jones, upon being informed that the 49ers are interested in drafting him, has just retired from the NFL.

  65. When the going gets tough, you stick together and fire a head coach that most of these players obviously didn’t want to see go

    What a disaster

  66. I thought for a second it was Vernon Davis retiring, but then, being the hot commodity he is, wouldn’t he sell himself short?

  67. On second thought is kaepernick going to survive next year? His first two years he looked alright but I really credit that to his great o line and running game that had gore. Last year when he had martin guarding him his production took a hit. This year both davis and iupati led and Boone isn’t getting younger. The front seven on a team like the rams will have a field day with him.

  68. Having fun now NFL fans who get mad anytime players get paid? This is going to keep happening because players aren’t going to put their health at risk long term, for the money owners are pocketing except for paying the QBs, and you’re going to keep getting a worse and worse product. Congratulations greedy owners, you broke the NFL because you didn’t want to share 10$ billion dollars fairly. Quick, let’s change some more rules that will that won’t stop your product from getting worse because good players aren’t going to play it that long anymore.

  69. “Why aren’t these players honoring their contracts?”

    ~~Adrian Peterson

    “Whoa, wait, back up…let me think about this for a second…”

    ~~Adrian Peterson

    “Ummmm….”

    ~~Adrian Peterson

  70. Comical reading these comments…this team is still so loaded they will still go .500 with the morons in charge for another 3-4 years…if this coaching staff proves to be competent – at all – they get to 10 wins. They will be better at many positions over last year’s 8-8 debacle…now excuse me while I hit load up the pipe again!

  71. lasher1650 says:
    Jun 5, 2015 7:45 PM
    The niner’s botched the hiring process with Adam Gase and proved incompetent and ended up promoting a fool to head coach and the team – especially the defense – knows it. They are the definition of NFL dysfunctional. Rats are abandoning a sinking ship.

    _____________________________

    Nope the rat is commandeering the ship, which is why its sinking. Thank goodness Baalke went all defense again, and people wonder why we had such horrible offense when the few skill players Baalke has drafted have ended up being flops.

  72. Wow, its crazy for 49ers team and fans. They’re about to open their new stadium and now they won’t have a good competitive team to fill the stadium. All I got to say is”nobody has it better then us” Go Hawks

  73. The only thing going on in SF, Is some very serious solid advice. Who, What, Where and Why stepping in w/ these relatively young players and changing their lives should stay away from the on-slot example (Media) and continue to be a role model and voice for players ears only.

  74. Sure, its very odd to have so many retirements from one team in one offseason, but like a few others have stated, I expect it to happen more often all throughout the league. Players are finally getting educated as to the lasting effects playing professional football will have on the rest of their lives once their careers are over. Keep in mind that usually happens right after age 30.

    You’re fooling yourselves if you think this is all because of Harbaugh’s firing. Sure, he got this team to immediate success, but he was an intense coach and pushed his players to their limits. Not every player appreciated this approach. Yes, some of this is related to the questionable calls of firing Harbaugh and Tomsula getting promoted to coach, and the concern over how the front office is operating, but all head coaches start from scratch somewhere.

    These losses are huge and they will certainly sting this year, but there are still many players who will choose to play for the love of the game and/or the love of the money. Others will step up and now they will have extra cap room to aquire stop-gap replacements. Down year? Maybe. But they will rebound quickly.

    As a 9ers fan, i’ll miss all these guys and I thank you for your contributions to our team. I hope they all live long and happy lives after football

    P.S. How do so many “fans” of football not know that you can’t just retire and then sign on and play with another team?

  75. “As a close friend of the organization,”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    C’mon man! You’ve worn this one into the ground. We’re all really sick of your stichk!

  76. Raiders fan here, as bad as their record has been, they did beat the Niners in season and going away. Cool to see players just up and quiting on that organization. Love it.

  77. Funny to hear from Niner fans yeah Raiders you beat us in regular season and going away but… we’re still better. All I know is I made some serious money on that game and the only thing better is that the smart niner fans I know at work can do math enough to know that 3 td’s and 1 field goal is a better higher score than 1 td and 3 field goals. Raiders 24 Niners 13. Pretty simple.

  78. Once again… walking away from the NFL at that age is not retiring. It’s quitting.

  79. It’s looking more and more like Jed was the only one that bought into the Baalke sales job. Let’s see what Baalke can do without Harbaugh. Baalke is undefeated so far, so let’s give him a chance. He now has his own hand picked coach. These are all his players. He got rid of the one guy, Harbaugh, that was holding them back. This Baalke guy might just be smarter than we all think. I’m waiting to his this masterpiece that he is creating.

  80. Once you have your financial security, why risk your health only to make these plantation billionaires even richer?

    Pursue new endeavors and enjoy your loved ones!

  81. Well, despite all the (unexpected) retirements, as Jed York said, anything less than winning the Super Bowl is failure.

    All aboard the York and Baalke 2015 failboat!

  82. bassplucker says:

    Once again… walking away from the NFL at that age is not retiring. It’s quitting.

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    For this to be true there would need to be a mandatory retirement age in the NFL. There isn’t. Retirement is a choice, regardless of position, age, earnings etc.

    Your comment is moronic.

  83. vader3234 says:

    Funny to hear from Niner fans yeah Raiders you beat us in regular season and going away but… we’re still better. All I know is I made some serious money on that game and the only thing better is that the smart niner fans I know at work can do math enough to know that 3 td’s and 1 field goal is a better higher score than 1 td and 3 field goals. Raiders 24 Niners 13. Pretty simple.

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    It’s easy to remember recent Raiders wins – because there are so few of them.

    You’re not better than anybody.

    Also, 1 TD and 3 FGs would equal 16 points., so your math also sucks.

  84. What is really going on in San Fran…

    Nutjob left and took all the booze, PEDs and painkillers with him. You’re seeing textbook withdrawal symptoms…

  85. wow how do 4 high quality/pro bowl caliber players retire in 1 off-season from the same team?? and even more irregular is that 3 of them are under 30… something smells rotten in san fran…

  86. Strange “goings on ” and odd trends in San Francisco. I wonder if the gold standard of horrible off seasons is in the midst of being established.

  87. Might as well blame the Ravens. Things started going down hill after the SB beat down. Hell, the Ravens get blamed for Hernandez killing people and Brady and Billy cheating.

  88. Smart decision! At the end of the day – beyond the $$ — prestige – groupies – macho culture – playing in the NFL is a grueling –physically dangerous JOB! A player like Davis can earn in 5 years what most workers will not earn in a lifetime. A player – apparently like Davis — smart with his $$ — takes the $$ — runs while his brain – body is still intact! Apparently — Davis doesn’t want to do a Jr. Seau – “BAMMM!”

  89. ok, i know the season is not close to starting, but i officially believe in the curse of the home team trying to play a home game for the super bowl.

    dallas-cowboys did what they usually do. indy-peyton and his neck. n.o. – bountygate. giants stadium – both teams sucked. arizona – was actually in the playoffs…w/their 16th string qb and lost to a below .500 team in the playoffs. san fran – coach gone, bunch of retirements (including 2 young up and comers)

  90. I’I’m willing to bet you that even after all of this we still make the playoffs and I’m also willing to bet that seadderol cheathawks don’t make the NFC championship game this year much less the Superbowl.

  91. Seattle fans are the most arrogant fans in the NFL you barely came on to the scene 2years ago nobody is afraid to play you get over yourselves but I guess the fans are just like the coach.You win 1 superbowl and think you are something special well got off the porch little dog your time is up!!NINER4LIFE

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