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nojobny
09-04-2008, 02:21 PM
(kinda sad, I'm sure this is not how he wanted to go out)

Thursday, September 4, 2008
Culpepper, unable to catch on as free agent, retires at age 31

By John Clayton
ESPN.com

Daunte Culpepper, unable to land a starting or backup job this offseason, announced his retirement at the age of 31.

Culpepper had one-year offers from the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason for backup jobs, but didn't find those offers suitable. Though his surgically reconstructed knee was healthy and his arm still strong during visits to those teams, Culpepper decided to end his career.

"After taking a long look at my career and my personal convictions, I have decided to begin early retirement from the NFL effective immediately," Culpepper said in an e-mail.

"Since the beginning of training camp, I was told my opportunity would come when a quarterback gets hurt. I cannot remember the last time so many quarterbacks have been injured during the preseason," Culpepper said. " I have been strongly encouraged from family, friends and league personnel to continue to be patient and wait for an inevitable injury to one of the starting quarterbacks in the league.
"I would rather shut the door to such 'opportunity' than continue to wait for one of my fellow quarterbacks to suffer a serious injury. Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather move on and win in other arenas of life."

The 11th pick in the 1999 draft, Culpepper played nine seasons for three teams -- the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. His best days were in Minnesota where he established himself as one of the league's top quarterbacks.

During his career, Culpepper completed 1,867 of 2,927 passes for 22,422 yards and 142 touchdowns. His career quarterback rating was a lofty 89.9. His best season was in 2004 when he threw for 4,717 yards and 39 touchdowns for the Vikings.
But he blew out his knee the next season, and his career wasn't the same afterward.
Culpepper signed a one-year deal with the Raiders last season but didn't land another job.

"When free agency began this year, I had a new sense of excitement about continuing to rebuild my career in the same way that I had rebuilt my knee after my catastrophic injury in 2005," Culpepper said Thursday. "Unfortunately, what I found out was that the league did not share any of the optimism about me as an unrestricted free agent that I expected. In fact, there was an overwhelming sense that there was no room for me among this year's group of quarterbacks, whether in a starting, competing or a backup role.

"No matter what I did or said, there seemed to be a unified message from teams that I was not welcome to compete for one of the many jobs that were available at the quarterback position. It seems that the stance I took in both Minnesota and Miami regarding my rights as a person and player has followed me into free agency."

Culpepper is one of the few players who hasn't had an agent. He represents himself.
"The decision I made in 2006 to represent myself rather than hire an agent has been an invaluable experience," Culpepper said. "I now understand why so many people with the NFL community are uncomfortable with a player really learning the business. The NFL has become more about power, money and control than passion, competition and the love of the game. Regardless of this shift, players' rights are still supposed to be part of this league. Since I will not be given the opportunity to honor the memory of Gene Upshaw by wearing a patch on my uniform this year, I will instead spend some of my energy applying what he taught me about standing up for what is right and not sitting down for what is clearly wrong."

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3569109

fansince'76
09-04-2008, 02:27 PM
He wanted a starting QB job and starting QB money and wasn't willing to compromise by taking a backup role - there are enough teams in the league with suck QBs that he could have very conceivably worked himself back into a starting role somewhere, if he only had the patience to do so.

steelreserve
09-04-2008, 02:28 PM
What a complete idiot. There were probably 15 or 20 teams that would've been glad to sign him as a second-stringer. All he had to do was stop demanding to compete for a starting job up front.

Sorry Daunte, but why didn't you just sign with the Bears or the Lions or the 49ers or something? An absolute ton of QBs resurrect their careers by signing on as a backup and then outperforming the regular starter -- pretty much any team without a Pro Bowl QB will do. But not a lot of coaches are willing to create turmoil by just declaring off the bat that this new guy is coming in to undermine the existing guy.

Think about it. You basically ended your career over an ego trip. Dumbass.

nojobny
09-04-2008, 02:46 PM
He wanted a starting QB job and starting QB money and wasn't willing to compromise by taking a backup role - there are enough teams in the league with suck QBs that he could have very conceivably worked himself back into a starting role somewhere, if he only had the patience to do so.

Exactly. And with more QB's moving around out of the protection of the pocket, the likelihood of one of them getting injured is pretty high.

I think he had warped view of himself and his value to the league.

Edman
09-04-2008, 03:11 PM
Culpepper would have a job if he would shrink that enormous ego of his. He didn't, and that's why he's out of a job. The Steelers tried him out, and he was stupid enough to believe he would take the starting job away from Ben. Not to mention, he was out dueled by Byron Leftwich.

He thinks he's a pro bowl player worth millions of dollars and expects to be rewarded an automatic starting job. If he's so good, why wasn't he able to latch on in Miami or Oakland, Two teams who at the time were starving for a QB? He was godawful for both of those teams. Why haven't the Bears (who have two terrible QB's) gone after him? He recieved two offers this season and turned them down.

I don't feel one lick of sorry for him. He's a dumbass.

rbryan
09-04-2008, 03:15 PM
Dude has millions, he obviously didn't want to play too bad to begin with coming into this season. He was over rated when he was healthy. He just did several teams a big favor by retiring as his best days are long behind him.

X-Terminator
09-04-2008, 03:30 PM
Is it just me, or did that read more like an audition for the head of the player's union than a retirement speech? Regardless, he's still an idiot who would probably be starting in Chicago right now if his head wasn't the size of the Moon.

The Duke
09-04-2008, 03:35 PM
daunte who? randy moss made your career, without him you're nothing

he should be happy with a 3rd string spot right now

Culpepper a starter in the NFL :sofunny:

xfl2001fan
09-04-2008, 04:37 PM
"I would rather shut the door to such 'opportunity' than continue to wait for one of my fellow quarterbacks to suffer a serious injury. Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather move on and win in other arenas of life."

He wouldn't do well in the Arena league either. Get your ego and begone with you. There are plenty of other talented players who are more than happy to realize that making league minimum is still 5-20x better than the average american household earns.

RoethlisBURGHer
09-04-2008, 05:43 PM
That read to me:

"I am retiring because my ego is to big."

Good riddance, the NFL will be better without you.

Dino 6 Rings
09-04-2008, 05:57 PM
That was kind of whiney email. What a tool box.

lilyoder6
09-04-2008, 09:39 PM
i think he should of just realized that he would prob never start again unless something bad happened.. so he should of just taken back-up which would of gotten him at least 1 mill.. like 15 times better than the avg person

NJarhead
09-04-2008, 09:41 PM
I think he did it in spite (judging by the email). The text book definition of "cutting ones nose off to spite his face."

Galax Steeler
09-05-2008, 04:41 AM
It is like someone else stated above without Randy Moss he would have been nothing he should have accepted the backup roll somwhere and went from there he is a moron.

revefsreleets
09-06-2008, 09:10 PM
He had 102 million dollar contract (restructured, yes, but...), so I'd say it's safe to assume with endorsements and such he made at least half that.

And now he's 31 years old and retired?

Dude can't be all that stupid.

lilyoder6
09-06-2008, 10:02 PM
he could of been a back-up and did the radio for a million.. i would love to do that