Former Philadelphia Eagles Walter Thurmond is said to be retiring. At age 28, some might think that is an early age to do so, but for him, he says that he wants to pursue other opportunities.
Sources close to Thurmond has said to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Thurmond will be retiring. The sources say that the reason he’s doing so is that he wants to look at other opportunities and that football may no longer be for him. Thurmond has been in the NFL for six seasons.
For the Eagles, Thurmond has played as a defensive back, having started 16 games with them in 2015. He has also been with the Seattle Seahawks and THE New York Giants. He has had injuries throughout his career in the NFL, CSN Philly reports. For 2015 though He has largely stayed healthy for the Eagles.
In his time with the NFL, Thurmond has been in three different positions. He has played as a cornerback, slot corner and safety. The Eagles was able to get him in 2015 for $3.25 million. Initially, he started as a cornerback, but later coaches moved him to the safety position. His status as of now is that of a free agent and has not been in any negotiations with any team, Penn Live states.
There has been the actual reason given, why he is retiring, other than stating that he would like to pursue other opportunities. However, he is said to be interested in filmmaking. Aside from playing in the NFL, he is also running a cinema company whose name is Get More Films. Thurmond comes from Los Angeles.
Earlier as well Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has retired at age 30. With Thurmond also leaving, it has been noted that there seems to be a trend for NFL players to leave the game at an early age. With the sport’s high probability of players having injuries, a number of players have stepped away from it over the years in order to look at other alternatives and opportunities.
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