Jake Locker is Retiring From the NFL at Age 26

By Jason Lisk
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Jake Locker is retiring from the NFL, according to Mike Garafolo. He is only 26 years old, having been in the league for four years.

Here is Locker’s statement:

"“I am retiring from football after much reflection and discussion with my family. I will always be grateful for having had the opportunity to realize my childhood dream of playing in the NFL and for the lifelong relationships I developed because of that experience. Football has always played a pivotal role in my life and I love the game, but I no longer have the burning desire necessary to play the game for a living; to continue to do so would be unfair to the next organization with whom I would eventually sign. I realize this decision is surprising to many, but I know in my heart that it is the right decision and I look forward to spending more time with my family and pursuing other interests.”"

Locker is an interesting case. While he was inconsistent and came into the league as a project when taken in the first round by the Titans, he has been good enough when healthy to stick around the league and be a preferred backup/guy who has a chance to start for awhile, and make several million a year. He appears to be passing up the proverbial opportunity to hold a clipboard.

[UPDATE: The Angels still hold his rights in MLB until August of this year, if those future interests include going to baseball instead.]

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