I'm overwhelmed and appreciative of the love and support I've received in announcing my decision to retire. Thank you all who care!
— Eugene Monroe (@MrEugeneMonroe) July 21, 2016
Sure, it’s not good for the National Football League. It’s not good that their top players––by the bunches––are retiring at such a young age and leaving a lot of good football on the table. But, considering the state that this game is currently in, it’s a smart move on the player’s part.
Monroe, 29, spent seven seasons in the league, playing left tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens. He started 90 games over that span.
He’s thinking of his family, and putting his health first. Honorable.
According to his Twitter bio, it looks like he’s going to do what he can to get the league to accept cannabis as a viable way for its players to treat pain. Personally, I’m all for it. It’s far more natural and beneficial than the painkillers the league is currently pumping its players full of.
But…good luck with getting Commissioner Roger Goodell to admit it, Eugene.
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