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par zhangzk » Ven 26 Juil 2019 à 3h07

Calling it a career because of old age may be the most difficult challenge football players face , and certainly it's the most difficult decision they have to make. All the players listed here played football or some type of sport when they were younger. They welcomed footballs' rigorous lifestyle and the camaraderie that came along with it. The locker-room atmosphere, the sports' demanding schedule, and the highs and lows are only part of what makes football so appealing. The sport becomes ingrained in the athletes' blood, it's a part of their body.So imagine yourself as a football player, and your body suddenly tells you it can no longer endure the sport you love. Your brain insists you can still run into that offensive line 25 times a game, but your body begins to break down around 15 carries. We see it all time with athletes as they stand on the edges of the sideline with their helmet on and chin strap still buckled, waiting for their coach to call their number. Instead of them jogging onto the field, they watch helplessly as the younger guy steals their career.Yes , this is all sounds depressing so far. And it is. However, let me lift your spirits with this thought: Even though an athlete's body breaks down, it doesn't mean they are suddenly useless. If placed into the right situation and with the right team, sometimes they have just enough left to help their organization win that coveted championship. Look at Ravens' former linebacker Ray Lewis a few years back. During his last season, the guy wasn't as good as he used to be. He could barely run latterly, let alone make a tackle, but unlike his body, his heart and spirit never declined. And it was the latter that helped Baltimore beat San Francisco in Super Bowl 47.The athletes listed here are fighting their bodies' desire to retire. These football players are fighting father time who with each day, grows stronger. Yet, what makes the players listed here different than the rest is just how damn good they've always been. They've not only been blessed with rare athletic gifts, but they've also taking care of their bodies. Both characteristics have helped them prolong their careers.Eventually they'll lose the battle, but for now they continue the fight. (Side note: This list was ordered from youngest to oldest. Athletes with the same age have been lumped together for ease. It can also include free agents because they are not technically "retired.") ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have released cornerback Robert Alford, a second-round pick in 2013 who had 10 career interceptions but none this season.The move, announced by the team on Tuesday night, could clear the way for Isaiah Oliver a 2018 second-round pick, to start. As a rookie, Oliver cut into Alford’s playing time.Alford signed a four-year, $38 million contract extension after the 2016 season. His release will clear $7.9 million in cap space for the 2019 season.In a statement released by the team, general manager Thomas Dimitroff thanked the 30-year-old Alford “for all that he brought to the team during his six seasons in Atlanta.”“He was a significate contributor to our defense and we have a great deal of respect for him,” Dimitroff said. “We wish Robert all the best going forward.”Alford used his Twitter account to say “Thank you Atlanta for 6 incredible seasons. Sucks that it ended on this note. I enjoyed playing in this incredible city.”Alford also said “I’m excited for the next chapter.”Alford had 50 tackles and was plagued by penalties in his 15 games in 2018.His career highlight came when he returned an interception off Tom Brady for a touchdown in Atlanta’s Super Bowl 51 loss to the Patriots.
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