Arian Foster’s mid-season retirement on Monday was a move that represented him well — it came suddenly, out of nowhere and took the league by surprise. The 30-year-0ld back entered the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent and quickly became one of the most dynamic playmakers not only on the Houston Texans, but in the entire NFL.
In his first full season in 2010, he tallied 2,220 yards from scrimmage, leading the league in that stat, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and yards per game. It was an out-of-nowhere performance like we haven’t seen since Tom Brady.
Off the field, the outspoken atheist always marched to the beat of his own drummer, always, and his exit from the game made light of serious issues in his typical fashion. In his written announcement for Uninterrupted, Foster closed with a nod to concussion problems that have been an important issue surrounding player health, something in which he’s well-versed.
“This is a beautifully violent game and the same reason I loved it is why I have to walk away. That bittersweet taste will forever linger with me, but on my next journey, I get to carry those memories with me. Hopefully. lol.”