Rashard Mendenhall Retiring at 26: One Important Lesson

NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement today – no big deal right?

Well, Rashard Mendenhall is only 26 years old – young by NFL standards – and so the story of his retirement from the NFL after 6 seasons has become a big deal.

He was a former 1st round draft pick for the Steelers and after 6 seasons has decided to call it quits – announcing it in his blog post for the Huffington Post.

Why the decision to retire?

In his blog post Mendenhall says “I’ve greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment.”

Personally, I love the announcement and have a tremendous amount of respect for him for making the decision.

Surely there are people out there telling him he is crazy for forgoing millions of dollars to retire, but isn’t it his life to live? Isn’t he entitled to do what makes him happy?

I think when we look at Rashard Mendenhall retiring at 26 we can learn one important lesson:

You have to follow your passion.

We are all destined to do different things in life so it shouldn’t matter what someone else thinks you should do with your life, it is YOUR life.

Follow your passions, you won’t regret it.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Rashard Mendenhall retiring at 26. Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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