The news was broken last night that Arian Foster had decided to retire from football after eight years in the NFL.
The former Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans running back said that his body just can't keep up anymore after a string of injuries and that he couldn't take rehabbing anymore, even if it was from a minor injury.
Over the course of his exciting career, Foster racked up 6,527 yards and more than 50 touchdowns. To celebrate the achievements of the four-time Pro Bowler, we're going to look at the five best moments of his career.
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First Career Start
After being picked up by the Texans as an undrafted free agent, Foster played bits and pieces in his rookie campaign. It wasn't until the preseason before his second year that Foster earned the starting role in Houston.
He repaid the faith shown in him with a blistering performance in his first game as the true starter. Facing the Colts, Foster finished the day with 231 yards rushing and three touchdowns while averaging an excellent seven yards a carry.
That game against the Colts was just the start of great things in 2010 for Foster. The running back went from someone that no General Manager wanted to spend a pick on, to the rushing leader of the entire league in two years.
Finishing the year with 1616 rushing yards, Foster blew away his competition, leaving the likes of Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and Michael Turner of the Falcons in the dust. In 2010, Foster broke Texans franchise records in single season yards and touchdowns, while also recording the longest TD run in team history.
There is no doubting that Foster has been one of the best fantasy running backs of the past decade. In that aforementioned 2010 season, Foster was basically a cheat code for fantasy football players, scoring 315 points in 2010. No running back has hit the 300-point mark since — not even Adrian Peterson during his 2012 MVP season.
Foster was always a great player to have, with his ability both on the floor and through the passing game. Despite retiring last night, Foster is still owned in 65% of NFL.com fantasy leagues.
Foster had a Muslim upbringing and because of that, combined with a spell of veganism as an adult, meant that he had never tasted bacon before.
That all changed back in 2014, when Arian took to his Twitter account to announce that he had finally tried the food of the gods.
"Haven't been strictly vegan for over a year now, tried bacon for the first time. And oh my god. Turkey bacon just doesn't do it," he wrote.
Foster dropped the bombshell that he is retiring from pretty much out of nowhere. Nobody retires during the middle of the season, especially one that they still have a chance to play him.
Not everybody is Arian Foster, however, and Foster decided it was time head out, on his own terms. He also made sure to get in a top quality CTE reference in his retirement letter. He wrote: "On my next journey I get to carry those memories with me. Hopefully. Lol."
First player to end his career with "lol"? Probably. And that gets him a lot of respect in my book.
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