Posts Tagged ‘Possible Retirement’

 NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
 

The end of Philip Rivers‘ illustrious career is looming, but the star quarterback is hoping to stick around long enough with the Chargers to play in their new stadium in Los Angeles, which is set to open in three years.

Rivers told NFL Network’s Rich Eisen that he has no plans to walk away from football anytime soon, despite the move away from San Diego.

“I hope to still be playing football in 2020, and certainly I hope I’m still playing here,” Rivers said, according to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams. “So yeah, I hope to get to see that stadium then. That’s a long way out. I’ve learned to just take them one year at a time and one game at a time at this point. I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to be out there for all of them since 2006.

“I don’t take that for granted. And hopefully I’m still playing well enough and we’ve won enough football games that I will be able to trot out there in 2020 in that new stadium.”

Rivers will turn 39 near the end of the 2020 season, and while his physical skills have begun to show signs of decline, his style is suited to a career that extends into his 40s if he wishes.

And while Rivers’ loyalty to San Diego means the relocation to L.A. has likely been a tough adjustment, the veteran pivot is excited for a new challenge at this stage of his playing days.

“I really am excited about embracing this chapter, both from an organizational standpoint and then personally in my career,” Rivers said. “It’s a new market and new fan base. I do think over time, at least it seems like more and more of the fans that we’ve had that are in San Diego are kind of getting more and more warmed up and excited.

“I’ve had a bunch of people tell me, ‘We’re coming up and we’ll be up there for a game.’ I think if we can get it going we truly can be – and I know the Rams are already up there – but it’s kind of Southern California’s team right there in L.A.”

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Aaron Rodgers may not be planning to end his career soon, but he’s willing to admit it’s closer to the end than it is to the beginning.

The 33-year-old has hinted before that he would like to play into his 40s, which is still on the table as he didn’t endure the typical wear and tear at the beginning of his career.

“I think I’m on the back nine of my career,” Rodgers told NFL Network on Tuesday. “But I think I’m just kind of starting the back nine. This will be my 10th year starting, I got to sit for three years. So I’m not the typical 13-year pro, having the opportunity to sit for three years and not take the wear and tear to learn the game.”

Rodgers famously had to wait behind Brett Favre before he was able to take over as the Green Bay Packers starting quarterback – a position he would like to hold until his time as a pro is up.

“I think we all have numbers,” Rodgers said. “When I was a young player, I remember thinking as I looked at some of the older guys, if I got to five that’d be cool, or eight, or anything after 10 would be amazing.

“For me, I think the longevity is tied to being a Green Bay Packer. I’d like to finish my career in Green Bay.”

Despite his extended redshirt period, Rodgers has had historical success in the league. He is just three scores away from becoming the 11th passer ever to throw for 300 touchdowns, while throwing only 72 interceptions in the process.

Rodgers will likely get at least one more contract with the Packers if his prediction is correct, with his current deal expiring after the 2019 season.

NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby said Wednesday he did not pay attention to those questioning whether he should continue playing hockey after suffering another concussion during the playoffs.

Crosby was too focused on capturing another Stanley Cup for his Pittsburgh Penguins to worry about outside opinions on his health.

”I don’t really read or listen to that stuff during the playoffs,” Crosby told reporters at his annual hockey camp in his hometown of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia.

Crosby has suffered multiple concussions during his career, including one during Game 3 of the second round against Washington in May. He missed one game before returning for Game 5, prompting questions about whether he should consider retirement.

The Penguins went on to win a second straight Cup, defeating the Nashville Predators in the final.

Crosby said he understands why concussions generate so much controversy.

”It’s a hot topic,” he said. ”That’s the nature of it right now.”

He said more information on how to deal with head injuries is becoming available all the time.

”You have to continue to listen to your body to make sure before you go back that you’re good to go,” he said. ”There’s things in place to help with that.”

NFL: New York Giants at San Diego Chargers

Entering his 14th season in the NFL, Philip Rivers has put together a potential Hall of Fame-worthy career.

While the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback doesn’t plan on ending his run soon, he’ll walk away from the game if he’s no longer able to contribute on the field.

“I don’t want hang on at the end and just be a guy that’s hanging on,” Rivers told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his podcast. “But if I still feel like I can help a team and I enjoy it the way I do and more importantly, if the team feels that I can help them. …

“I don’t see myself shutting it down any time real soon.”

Rivers, 35, has three years remaining on his current contract and hasn’t been discouraged from continuing with the Chargers as they relocate to Hollywood this season.

“I’m excited about the challenge and the newness and the unknown that’s going to come with being in a new community and playing in a new stadium,” said Rivers. “But we’re going to still have that bolt on my helmet and I’m excited about what’s ahead.”

Rivers has a plan once he does finally decide to end his playing career, however, as he hopes to coach his sons’ high school football teams. Though, that could be some time away considering that his oldest boy is only 9 years old.

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The Miami Heat, in conjunction with the NBPA, have tentatively agreed to part ways with former All-Star power forward Chris Bosh after the 33-year-old sat out the entire 2016-17 season with blood clots, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Bosh and his family, agents, and lawyers are reportedly still reviewing documents before the process can move forward.

The 6-foot-11 big man will still be guaranteed both his $25.3-million salary for next season and his $26.8-million salary for 2018-19, with insurance covering a significant portion of the payments, according to Windhorst.

Reports surfaced Tuesday that Bosh was working toward a solution that would combine elements of both the old and new CBA, and allow Miami to permanently remove Bosh’s cap hit from its books.

Under the old agreement, Bosh’s salary could’ve been re-added to the Heat’s books if he played at least 25 games with a new team next season. Under the new CBA, an independent panel can determine whether a player is medically unfit to play.

With Bosh’s salary off their books, the Heat will have approximately $37 million in cap space this summer.

Bosh appeared in 53 games for the Heat in 2015-16, averaging 19.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 0.7 steals on 46.7 percent shooting.

 

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The long-awaited return of Georges St-Pierre could be a brief one.

During an appearance on “The MMA Hour” on Tuesday, the 36-year-old welterweight legend announced that if he fails to pick up a win in his comeback fight, he will retire.

“One thing I can tell you for sure, is that if I come back and I lose, this is it for me,” said St-Pierre. “If I come back and I lose, it’s finished.”

St-Pierre took a break from competition in November 2013 following his ninth consecutive defense of the 170-lb championship, citing the need for rest. During his hiatus, St-Pierre never committed to hanging up the gloves for good and this past February he signed a new contract with the UFC after months of speculation.

A prospective bout between himself and middleweight champion Michael Bisping was quickly put together by the organization only for it to be canceled when St-Pierre recently revealed that an eye injury will keep him out of action until the end of the 2017. UFC president Dana White said the organization is planning to move on from that matchup for now.

St-Pierre has stuck to his guns on wanting to fight Bisping, an experienced opponent that he believes will elevate his legacy, but even if that fight materializes and GSP is victorious, he’s only going to stay active as long as he keeps getting his hand raised.

“(I don’t want to hang around) to become a punching bag for the younger people,” said St-Pierre. “I do not believe I’m going to lose, I think I’m at my best, my trainers think I’m at my best. I put a lot on the line and I know that if I come back it’s because I believe I’m a much better version than what I was and I want to go back to another (title) shot and rewrite history.

“But if down the road, I lose, I pass the torch. It’s over.”

St-Pierre’s career record stands at 25-2 and he hasn’t lost since being upset by Matt Serra at UFC 69 on April 7, 2007.

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Chris Neil isn’t ready to hang up his skates just yet.

The Senators heavyweight is coming off his 15th campaign – all spent with Ottawa – and despite a diminished role this season, the 37-year-old said he hopes to come back for 2017-18.

“The way I feel now, I want to play next year,” Neil said, according to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen.

After playing in just 53 games during the regular season and contributing only one goal and three assists, Neil was nearly non-existent in the postseason. He dressed for just two contests – Games 5 and 6 against the New York Rangers – and played just 1:49 and 2:26 in a combined nine shifts.

As for how realistic a return would be, Neil admitted he isn’t too sure what the future holds.

“I came in, cleaned my locker, and I don’t know what’s ahead,” he said, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Neil sits third on the Senators’ all-time games played list with 1,026, while his 2,522 penalty minutes is 1,764 more than second-place Chris Phillips on the franchise’s all-time leaderboard.