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fordfixer
09-04-2008, 12:36 PM
Culpepper announces retirement

Posted: September 4th, 2008 | Adam Schefter | Tags: Culpepper
http://blogs.nfl.com/category/adam-schefter/
Just received this email from Daunte Culpepper:

Adam,
Since I do not have a team where I can do a press conference, I chose to write what I would have said. You are the first to get this.
– Daunte

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

rpmpit
09-04-2008, 12:55 PM
Wow, that's kinda sad.

costanza2k1
09-04-2008, 02:03 PM
Wuss














that is sad...

BigBen2112
09-04-2008, 02:09 PM
I found that semi-poetic. Nice job Daunte...you almost reminded me of the other Dante, but then I remembered that he was one of the Italian authors of all time. You are close though. :lol:

Les 74
09-04-2008, 02:15 PM
How ironic would it be if his phone rang as he hit the send button??? :lol: :lol:

rpmpit
09-04-2008, 02:22 PM
How ironic would it be if his phone rang as he hit the send button??? :lol: :lol:

Uh-oh, you said "ironic". Cue stlrzd in 3, 2, 1...

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Steel Life
09-04-2008, 09:35 PM
....crickets chirping.... :Blah ...um, yeah thanks Duante

Chadman
09-04-2008, 10:45 PM
Well, to be honest, it all sounds very "Whoa is me" to Chadman...

" I was very excited about the prospect of coming back into the NFL this year, but those nasty NFL clubs don't think the same as me, so I'm taking my ball & retiring instead of getting tougher & trying harder to break back in...and if anyone calls this year & wants me to play for them they'll get a big no...until they offer me some coin...then I'll pretend to think about it while looking like I've got a big decision to make for my career..."

Boo Hoo Daunte..

kennyes
09-05-2008, 02:00 AM
:Binky

Hard to feel sorry for a young Millionaire!

Besides, I'm sure he'll be back if the opportunity presents itself, even if it's in a limited suck role with whomever do to injury...

BIG FAN
09-05-2008, 03:26 AM
How ironic would it be if his phone rang as he hit the send button??? :lol: :lol:

Still LMAO. :lol:

frankthetank1
09-05-2008, 07:45 AM
Well, to be honest, it all sounds very "Whoa is me" to Chadman...

" I was very excited about the prospect of coming back into the NFL this year, but those nasty NFL clubs don't think the same as me, so I'm taking my ball & retiring instead of getting tougher & trying harder to break back in...and if anyone calls this year & wants me to play for them they'll get a big no...until they offer me some coin...then I'll pretend to think about it while looking like I've got a big decision to make for my career..."

Boo Hoo Daunte..

thats how i felt about it. what a baby. the steelers brought him in for a try out with leftwich right, or did they just chose to go with leftwich instead? it doesnt help that he doesnt have an agent and seems to be a bit of a head case. he is from ocala florida so that should say it right there. i definetly wont miss the gay arm roll thing he use to do

rpmpit
09-05-2008, 07:54 AM
Well, to be honest, it all sounds very "Whoa is me" to Chadman...

" I was very excited about the prospect of coming back into the NFL this year, but those nasty NFL clubs don't think the same as me, so I'm taking my ball & retiring instead of getting tougher & trying harder to break back in...and if anyone calls this year & wants me to play for them they'll get a big no...until they offer me some coin...then I'll pretend to think about it while looking like I've got a big decision to make for my career..."

Boo Hoo Daunte..

thats how i felt about it. what a baby. the steelers brought him in for a try out with leftwich right, or did they just chose to go with leftwich instead? it doesnt help that he doesnt have an agent and seems to be a bit of a head case. he is from ocala florida so that should say it right there. i definetly wont miss the gay arm roll thing he use to do

This morning on ESPN that guy (can't remember his name) said that Dante was offered the job in Pittsburgh but didn't want to be a back-up. Is this true? I remember Leftwich saying something about Culpepper thinking he was gonna be the starter - something like that. He (ESPN guy) also said Culpepper was offered a tryout to be the Vikings back-up but declined that.

frankthetank1
09-05-2008, 07:58 AM
Well, to be honest, it all sounds very "Whoa is me" to Chadman...

" I was very excited about the prospect of coming back into the NFL this year, but those nasty NFL clubs don't think the same as me, so I'm taking my ball & retiring instead of getting tougher & trying harder to break back in...and if anyone calls this year & wants me to play for them they'll get a big no...until they offer me some coin...then I'll pretend to think about it while looking like I've got a big decision to make for my career..."

Boo Hoo Daunte..

thats how i felt about it. what a baby. the steelers brought him in for a try out with leftwich right, or did they just chose to go with leftwich instead? it doesnt help that he doesnt have an agent and seems to be a bit of a head case. he is from ocala florida so that should say it right there. i definetly wont miss the gay arm roll thing he use to do

This morning on ESPN that guy (can't remember his name) said that Dante was offered the job in Pittsburgh but didn't want to be a back-up. Is this true? I remember Leftwich saying something about Culpepper thinking he was gonna be the starter - something like that. He (ESPN guy) also said Culpepper was offered a tryout to be the Vikings back-up but declined that.

thats what i thought. so how is that not getting a fair shot? a back up qb job sucks obviously but if you look at it from a different perspective its a sweet job, just ask jim sorgi. no pressure, no risk of injury and you make a ton of money (compared to us common folk). so how is dante's life so freakin tough? what a baby

Ozey74
09-05-2008, 08:21 AM
Gosh, what a baby. He's in his early 30's, set for life & retired. I'm sure many of us on this board would love for Daunte to walk a week in our shoes while we go to work. Many of us, I'm sure, deal with many thing that we hate while at work. For me dealing with the BS isn't even the worst part. The worst part is THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT FOR 30 MORE YEARS!!!!

Culpepper wasn't even that good. Take Randy Moss away from him and he sucked ass.

frankthetank1
09-05-2008, 08:26 AM
Gosh, what a baby. He's in his early 30's, set for life & retired. I'm sure many of us on this board would love for Daunte to walk a week in our shoes while we go to work. Many of us, I'm sure, deal with many thing that we hate while at work. For me dealing with the BS isn't even the worst part. The worst part is THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT FOR 30 MORE YEARS!!!!

Culpepper wasn't even that good. Take Randy Moss away from him and he sucked bad word.

i hear you, there is nothing worse than putting up with the bs at work and knowing your gonna deal with it all your life, but i guess it builds character. i cant imagine doing what you love to do and making a ton of money at the same time. that is pretty unrealistic with most people

papillon
09-05-2008, 09:12 AM
It seems to me that he was unwilling to do the things necessary to get another shot at being a starter in the NFL. He wanted it handed to him, while, Leftwich is willing to sit behind a proven starter and hopefully prove himself to the other 31 teams that he can still play at the NFL level.

Culpepper will play this year...mark it down. :D

Pappy