I’m Done!

September 21, 2018

It’s NFL season, and talk about the wins and losses of weekly games is no surprise. What is surprising is when a player quits football altogether in the middle of a game—a first for the NFL. Vontae Davis, a veteran of the NFL and cornerback for the Buffalo Bills, quit in the middle of a game and later announced his retirement. He said, “It’s more important for me and my family to walk away healthy than to willfully embrace the warrior mentality and limp away too late.” (Davis has suffered several concussions and other injuries, including a lingering groin injury, throughout his ten years of playing in the NFL.) But was walking away from the game—right in the middle of it—the right thing to do? Some of his teammates found his action disrespectful, and football fans around the world responded with mixed feelings.

What do you think? Should Vontae Davis have quit in the middle of a game? Was he being disrespectful to his teammates, or was he listening to his body and quitting when he had to?