Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

06 Apr 2007

Grant Wistrom Retires

Grant Wistrom's decided to step away from the game at the tender age of 30. In the link, MDS chalks this up to Wistrom wanting to get out while his body's still in one piece. Me? I think he wants to defend that NFL Network Dance Trophy around the circuit.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 06 Apr 2007

21 comments, Last at 11 Apr 2007, 3:22pm by zlionsfan

Comments

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by justanothersteve (not verified) :: Fri, 04/06/2007 - 10:56pm

Good for him. He had a decent career, helped the Rams win a Super Bowl, cashed in once during free agency, and still gets out relatively healthy. I wish him well.

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by PaulH (not verified) :: Fri, 04/06/2007 - 11:46pm

#1 pretty much nailed it.

It's a shame that so many people go out kicking and screaming, in my eyes.

Play the game you love, make your money, try to win a Super Bowl, play for a while, and then leave with your health and your big wad of cash, that's my take.

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by Fergasun (not verified) :: Fri, 04/06/2007 - 11:55pm

What a shame. Clearly he doesn't care about taking care of his family.

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by Rob (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 1:39am

3: you're right. If we can find a way to condemn these people, we damn well should.

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by Doug Farrar :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 8:16am

Holmgren talked about Wistrom on Seattle station KJR yesterday: “Yes (he did want Wistrom to come back). Now, Grant signed a huge contract, and Grant and I had a great conversation about this. He’s undersized, and the way he plays the game, he’s all beat up at the end of every game. My hope was that he would accept a lesser salary, come back and we could spot play him. Rotate him. He gets 30-35 snaps a game, I could take it easy on him in training camp, because I love him. He brought something to the table for our team that was healthy. It was good. But he did not want to do that. What I appreciate about him was that he was very honest with me, He said, ‘Mike, I think I’m done.’ So, what are you going to do?�

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by Doug Farrar :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 8:18am

And on that subject, should we start lobbying now for the return of the "Big Man Dance Challenge"?

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by Harris (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 10:05am

#6

God, yes! I think I speak for everyone here when I say that I would happily kill to see Jaren Lorenzen doing the Running Man.

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by Theo, Netherlands (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 1:28pm

A man has got to do what he wants to do.
That's what I live by.
On one side you want him around as a player and he should be happy to have the opportunity to play; but on the other side, it's a demanding business, so I respect what he decides.

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by Joe T (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 1:43pm

Now we will get to see Wistrom's true potential on season 4 of Dancing with the Stars.

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by Theo, Netherlands (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 1:47pm

and by walking away while he can, he's showing that he's a smart player as well.

That's just stupid.

Maybe, but maybe some might love the competition, the toughness and the rough nature of the game.

Why the hell would you want to write a thing like that?
If you think football too tough; don't write about it.
Write about soccer next time. It would suit you better.

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by Dennis (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 3:53pm

re 10: What's stupid about walking away while you can still walk? I've heard so many retired players talk about the pain they have in the bodies that will never go away because of the poundings they took. Why is someone stupid for not wanting to spend the rest of their life like that?

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by Mike (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 7:05pm

re 11: Plus the fact that he was not going to get much more than 3rd starter money from anyone certainly helped his decision. I mean if i'm going to get my body worn down again i'm not doing it for relative peanuts

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by Podpeople (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 9:55pm

re 10 While he isn't a football player, read Mick Foley's autobiography and then decide whether or not it isn't smart to hang up the cleats while you can still walk away. The human body is not designed or meant to endure that kind of punishment for a sustained period.

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by throughthelookingglass (not verified) :: Sat, 04/07/2007 - 11:22pm

I think it's a good decision. Now, if he needs to, he can get a part time job in his old age (and it makes it more likely he'll have an old age).

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by ZS (not verified) :: Sun, 04/08/2007 - 1:08am

*looks on the horizon*

Appears as though Page 2 has written a "Best Players To Walk Away In Their Prime" article.

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by Dirty Sweatpants (not verified) :: Sun, 04/08/2007 - 3:18am

Call the zoo!

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by andrew (not verified) :: Mon, 04/09/2007 - 8:13am

Robert Smith, Jake Plummer, Grant Winstrom... its not that unusual. If you have to err, err on this side rather than too late.

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by Chris (not verified) :: Mon, 04/09/2007 - 12:30pm

Just remember, Tiki Barber was "smart" when he walked away.

but then again coach choaker Latrell Sprewell wouldn't want to work for 8 mil a year because he's got to "feed the family".

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by bravehoptoad (not verified) :: Mon, 04/09/2007 - 1:22pm

Jim Brown. Has to top the list of "players who walked away in their prime."

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by Chris (not verified) :: Mon, 04/09/2007 - 2:18pm

Barry Sanders is up there.

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by zlionsfan (not verified) :: Wed, 04/11/2007 - 3:22pm

Maybe Wistrom's been reading the NFL obituaries recently.