Jake Locker has announced his retirement from the NFL.
That sentence will create a lot of bewilderment and sadness amongst NFL fans across the country in the next few days, with the Tennessee Titans signal caller deciding to hang up his cleats at the extremely young age of 26.
Locker made an emotional statement today after making a decision to call time on his career on the first official day of the 2015 NFL season. The once-promising quarterback was dropped during the early part of last season by the Titans, with the team deciding to go with Zach Mettenberger. Then, Locker suffered a season-ending shoulder injury last December that has factored into his decision to quit the game entirely.
The quarterback said in his statement that he feels continuing to play would have been unfair on his next NFL team, with the comments coming via NFL insider Mike Garafolo's TwitLonger profile.
"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," Jake Locker revealed in his emotional statement.
"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.”
Though it may be sad for fans to see Locker retire at the young age of 26, the Titans won't really miss the signal caller in any way, shape or form.
Locker did briefly impress during his rookie season when he came off the bench, but during his seasons as a starter he was always a middle of the road quarterback who could never finish a whole season - whether that be due to injuries or his lack of ability forcing his coach to make a change.
Nonetheless it's sad to see a player retire at 26, and NFL insider Ian Rapoport's tweet below on the matter best sums up the situation.