DB Walter Thurmond Retiring at 28 Years Old; Played 6 Seasons in the NFL
Philadelphia Eagles’ DB Walter Thurmond officially announced on Tuesday that he will retire from the NFL at 28 years old. He played just six seasons in the league.
The news was confirmed via a text to the Philadelphia Daily News after an earlier report from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter stated that Thurmond was hanging up his cleats… For good.
Thurmond first disclosed his decision with loved ones, expressing his loss of interest for the sport and his desire to explore and pursue other opportunities, according to Schefter.
The question is whether his decision to walk away from the game he once had a love for, and of course, millions of dollars, had anything to do with his expectations as a cornerback for the Eagles.
Difficulty Finding a Position
Over the past few seasons, he has been on three teams and has played three positions: cornerback, slot cornerback and safety.
Walter played as mostly slot cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, where he won a super bowl title with the team that drafted him from Oregon in 2010 in the fourth round. He played alongside the likes of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Brandon Browner and Kam Chancellor.
After signing a $3.25 million dollar one-year contract with the Eagles last year, Thurmond expected to compete for a cornerback job, but he was asked to move to saftey for not proving to be a good enough replacement for the departed free agent Nate Allen.
Thurmond started all 16 games at safety in his sixth season, the best and last season of his career, finishing with 62 tackles, six tackles for loss, three interceptions, and forcing two fumbles and one fumble recovery, returning it for a touchdown.
Thurmond has turned down free agency offers, specifically a deal with the Eagles, which was said to be worth more than $4 million per year.
His decision to retire must have took quite some thinking and may have been hard for many to understand, but in the end, the toughest decisions are usually the right ones.
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