Arian Foster’s surprise retirement makes perfect sense

Monday, October 24th marked the end of 30-year-old running back, Arian Foster’s career. Midway through his 8th season, he retired from the game as one of the best undrafted players ever, averaging 110.9 scrimmage yards per game, 5th most in NFL history among players with 80 games played. He will be a force that is missed in the league and by most of all, the Miami Dolphins.

There comes a time in every athlete’s career when their ambition and their body are no longer on the same page. I’ve reached that point.

Arian Foster

It has been known for awhile that the four-time Pro Bowler might not be returning to football after his latest injury this season. He had only played four games with the Dolphins who signed him a week before training camp, before he suffered a groin injury, allowing Jay Ajayi to breakout and solidify the spot on the team, making this the best time for him to walk away from the game with pride.

His retirement will be taken into effect immediately, following a stream of other young players as they consider the long-term consequences of playing while injured. Honestly, after all that Foster has had to rehab, I don’t blame him for wanting leave on top.

This is a beautifully violent game, and the same reason I loved it is why I have to walk away.

Arian Foster on retiring from Football

Foster was released by the Houston Texans at the end of the 2014 season, having missed 12 games due to injuries. After getting a new start in Miami, then promptly adding a new injury to the list, Foster has made the smart decision to end his career, unfortunately, I doubt that other players in his position would have taken the same path. But it seems that everyone (minus anyone who still had him on their fantasy roster) is praising Foster’s decision and his career.

In the end, Arian Foster made the right decision, but it doesn’t make it any easier to say goodbye to such a young and talented player. Thank you, Arian Foster.