Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Arizona Cardinals free-agent running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring after only six NFL seasons.
He dealt with turf toe for a majority of last season and tore his ACL two years ago.
The 26-year-old Mendenhall intends to write books, among his many plans.
The running back hinted at retirement in his Feb. 25 column for the Huffington Post.
“As I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead,” he stated.
Once healthy in 2013, Mendenhall scored five touchdowns in his final eight games.
He rushed for 687 yards on 217 carries (both team highs) and totaled eight touchdowns last season.
Mendenhall was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2008 draft. In six NFL seasons, Mendenhall rushed for 4,236 yards and scored 39 total touchdowns.
His best year came in 2010 with the Steelers when he had outputs of 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns and also participated in a Super Bowl.