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Peerless
09-04-2008, 10:23 AM
Daunte Culpepper has announced his retirement from the NFL. Culpepper sent the following email to various media outlets today:

Farewell NFL

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. 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.

After taking a long look at my career and my personal convictions, I have decided to begin early retirement from the NFL effective immediately. Since the beginning of training camp I was told that my opportunity would come when a quarterback gets hurt. I cannot remember the last time so many QB’s have been injured during the preseason. 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 quarterback’s 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 decision I made in 2006 to represent myself rather than hire an agent has been an invaluable experience. I now understand why so many people within 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, player’s rights are still supposed to be a 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.

I want to thank my family and my fans for their unwavering belief in me as a person and a player. I embraced both the peaks and the valleys of the game and my career. I am a better person today as a direct result of the experience of playing in the NFL. I can now focus on the enjoyment of watching some of the greatest athletes in the world play the game I love without the distraction of waiting for those elusive return phone calls.

Thankfully,
Daunte Culpepper

Culpepper was always one player I felt bad for.

The guy was very, VERY good.... It seemed like he had everything going for him as a Viking.

Then it all just seemed to fall apart because of an injury, and that "boat scandal"

BRONCOS_OWN_U16
09-04-2008, 10:29 AM
noooooooooooooooooooooooo! you beat me to it.

i have disgraced my famiry (family)

Ravage!!!
09-04-2008, 10:31 AM
Culpepper was always one player I felt bad for.

The guy was very, VERY good.... It seemed like he had everything going for him as a Viking.

Then it all just seemed to fall apart because of an injury, and that "boat scandal"

I don't think the boat had anything to do with it.

I really am curious as to why he hasn't been signed. Is it his injury, or is it because he's been trying to represent himself?? Is it a money issue? Surely with all these teams looking for QBs with injuries.... or.. if yours is Brodie Croyle... there would be a place for you in the NFL.

I honestly was shocked to see that he didn't find a job somewhere.

-Rod-
09-04-2008, 10:57 AM
He says he did not find a team willing to have him as a backup... I think this is hard to believe. Culpepper as a backup is better than at least 50% of the NFL current backups.

BRONCOS_OWN_U16
09-04-2008, 10:59 AM
He says he did not find a team willing to have him as a backup... I think this is hard to believe. Culpepper as a backup is better than at least 50% of the NFL current backups.

does that 50% include the great patrick ramsey?

Chronic_Toker
09-05-2008, 01:20 PM
I feel bad for Culpepper too. My freshman year at UCF was his senior year, and we went 10-0 (at least that's what my hazy memory tells me). I saw him at Citywalk here in Orlando a couple years later with a few of his boys and asked if I could get his autograph. He gladly signed this receipt I had (haha) and chatted with me for a couple minutes. It was from that point on that I had a new sense of respect for him. Hopefully he is as successful in life as those few good years in the NFL (and his great years in college).