Kevin Kolb Officially Retires From NFL
Former Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals and Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb has decided to retire from the NFL. Kolb had received little to no interested after being released by the Bills last March and has decided to call it quits on a comeback at just 30 years old.
While quarterbacks don’t usually retire in their arguable prime, Kolb has cited lingering concussion symptoms as the biggest reason why the end has come so soon. Per Sports Illustrated, Kolb still experiences ringing in his ears, sensitivity to light and short-term memory loss.
Of the ringing in his ears, Kolb noted that it is similar to “someone shooting a shotgun right next to my ear, every second of every day.”
The story at SI.com appeared to by written directly from Kolb as he recounted his playing days and the tragic way concussions (especially the last one he sustained at age 29) led to the demise of a once promising career.
Kolb rose to borderline stardom back in 2008, when the Eagles spent a middle round draft pick on him. Many dubbed him the successor to Donovan McNabb, and at one point the young quarterback even replaced the long-time Eagles signal caller in a game against the Ravens.
The replacement was short-lived, but it led to McNabb being traded away the following season and Kolb was then implanted as the team’s would-be franchise quarterback. That is, until he sustained his first of many concussions in week one of the 2010 season.
Kolb would end up losing his starting gig to backup Michael Vick and ultimately left Philly in the summer of 2011 via a trade to the Arizona Cardinals. There, the Cardinals locked him down to a mega deal and he was then expected to be their franchise savior.
That didn’t work out, either, unfortunately, as further injury derailed an otherwise solid debut season in 2011. Kolb tried to give it a go again in 2012, but despite some solid numbers and even some wins, he ultimately bowed out once again due to injuries.
That brought Kolb to Buffalo, and the rest is now history. While Kolb definitely didn’t live up to expectations beyond concussions or his injuries, his story is of one of missed chanced and bad luck. The silver lining, of course, as Kolb found in his own recall via SI.com, is that he’s still young and he still has a life to live.
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