Rashard Mendenhall retires from NFL at age 26

Running back Rashard Mendenhall #5 of the Illinois Fighting Illini celebrates after scoring the Illini's first touchdown in the third quarter over the USC Trojans in the "Rose Bowl presented by Citi" at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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It's fascinating when a NFL player retires in his prime.

It's hard to imagine, for most of us. To play in the NFL, and make a tremendous living, seems like the pinnacle.

It was, in some ways, for Rashard Mendenhall. The former Steelers and Cardinals running back, who decided to retire after six seasons, said in a piece in the Huffington Post explaining his retirement that he loved playing in the NFL and had "tons of fun." It wasn't a physical issue. He just didn't want to do it anymore, so he walked away at age 26.
Frank Schwab

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