Report: Su’a Cravens talked about retiring last year as well

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The Redskins’ plans at safety this season were thrown for a loop on Sunday morning when Su'a Cravens came to the team’s facility to tell team president Bruce Allen that he was going to retire a year after the team took him in the second round.

That decision is on hold at the moment as Allen convinced Cravens to hold off with a plan to put him on the exempt list for at least a month so he can work out his thoughts. Coach Jay Gruden told Cravens’ teammates on Sunday that the safety has “some personal matters to tend to” while explaining his absence.

“It’s shocking, but it is what it is,” safety D.J. Swearinger said, via Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “He’s got to handle what he needs to handle, whether it’s mental, whether it’s family. We’re here to support him, but that’s something tough. I’m not in those shoes so I can’t speak on it. I’m praying for him and hope he’ll be back.”

Jones reports that it isn’t the first time that Cravens has contemplated walking away from football. He reportedly thought about it during his rookie season after getting injured late in the year. Cravens didn’t report to the team’s facility for a few days and then told teammates he was thinking about retiring, something that Jones reports also happened when he got hurt during his time at USC.

Other teammates echoed Swearinger’s sentiments while also turning their attention to the start of the regular season, which will be here next week even if Cravens remains away from the team.

19 responses to “Report: Su’a Cravens talked about retiring last year as well

  1. Well, if that’s the case I have my doubts that only The Redskins “talked” him out of retiring. I’m nearly 100% convinced that the NFL PR department and other higher ups had a discussion with him as well in regards to retiring. NFL doesn’t want to discourage young players(jr High and up) from playing football ..!!!

  2. I like Cravens and the way he played early last year. Cagey guy, good hitter, and with ball hawk ability. Hate to see him walk away, but don’t know what all he’s dealing with. I seem to remember him having some weird injury issues last year dealing with his eyesight, and that alone is enough to give one second thoughts. Here’s hoping he figures it out with the best end result for him.

  3. Maybe he really doesn’t have it in his heart, but people keep pushing him to play cause he’s naturally good. But if even in college this was happening it can’t be a good sign I think

  4. Antonius Block: Is death of American football is in sight???

    Death: Nothing escapes me. No one escapes me.

  5. Imo, he’s not coming back. Football is a sport like boxing or something; you have to be completely committed to put yourself through it. Only thing holding this guy up is probably thinking about having to write them a million dollar check. That would give anyone pause, but imo, he’s done.

  6. He probably just realized that being banged up, recovering from injury, and having to play somewhat hurt is basically what you sign up for being an NFL player. Its a really tough job and thats why they have to pay people millions to do it at that level. He may just not be up for it, and its his decision what he wants to do with his body and his mind.

  7. There is something wrong with an Einstein who wants to play baseball or a Mickey Mantle who wants to cook

  8. The comments section of this story highlights the split between different football fan factions.

    1) The educated football fans who see football for what it is. A dangerous sport with tremendous future health implications.

    2a) The alcoholic and/or uneducated football fans who weren’t tough enough or good enough to play football and want to watch others (who were tough enough to play high level college football) destroy themselves in the name of entertainment.

    2b) Same as 2a with a sprinkling of racism

  9. The guy seems to be really living up to his name. Hes Craven alright. Everytime he gets hurt he wants to quit and runaway. That character trait is probably in his blood. Maybe thats why they got stuck with a surname that means coward in the first place.

  10. cra·ven
    contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly.
    “a craven abdication of his moral duty”
    synonyms: cowardly, lily-livered, faint-hearted, chicken-hearted, spineless, timid, timorous, fearful, pusillanimous, weak, feeble

  11. Your young and strong and nothing can get in your way until some ligaments rip or a bone cracks. Changes your mind in seconds. Puts you into the human class with the rest of us.

  12. It’s a shame he had to step away for the moment knowing how hard he had go work to get there. My prayers are with him and hopefully he’ll get back on the field again.

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