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Why I Retired At 26

Huffington Post - 09 Mar 2014
Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming "What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished." The truth is, I don't really think my walking away is that ...
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Q&A: Rashard Mendenhall on life as an early NFL retiree

USA TODAY - 18 Mar 2015
When former NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement a year ago at age 26, he had no idea he'd be a trendsetter. But in the past two weeks, five NFL players aged 30 or younger have announced their retirement — the most notable ...
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Top-10 highest-ranked Illinois football commitments since 2002

247Sports - 20 Mar 2018
Four-star Skokie (Ill.) Niles West running back Rashard Mendenhall was a physical specimen with a world of talent. He struggled with consistency and struggled to get carries during his first two seasons. But he was an absolute stud and the MVP of the ...
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Rashard Mendenhall: The Real Player Behind 'Ballers'

Men's Journal - 01 Jul 2015
“I don't really pick up football books,” Rashard Mendenhall says, walking into Small World Books, in Venice, California. “I feel like, whatever's in there, I lived it.” Mendenhall was the starting running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in two Super ...
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Rashard Mendenhall: NFL team was worried about me reading books

Sporting News - 07 Apr 2016
Maybe they were right, considering Mendenhall did retire early, but when he was playing he was all-in. In the three seasons from 2009-11, the running back put up 3,891 combined rushing and receiving yards and scored 30 total touchdowns. If he read a ...
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Coming Out: Life After Ball

Huffington Post - 12 Jul 2016
My life coach once told me that “Success is an illusion”. At the time I wasn't sure if I believed her, but those words have been etched in my memory ever since. The more I've excelled apart from football, the grander the illusion has become that it's ...
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Why I Retired At 26

Huffington Post - 11 Mar 2014
Either way, I was okay with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming “What ever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished.” The truth is, I don't really think my walking away is that ...
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Former RB Rashard Mendenhall says he suffered "emotional abuse"

247Sports - 12 Jul 2016
Rashard Mendenhall was a talented football player. But that talent couldn't hide the pain the former Steelers and Cardinals running back felt during his career, a career that he ended after just six seasons. On Tuesday, Mendenhall wrote a story ...
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Former NFL tailback Rashard Mendenhall retires to Santa Monica

Los Angeles Times - 08 Jul 2014
Mendenhall, 27, elaborated on his retirement in the Huffington Post, writing, "I greatly enjoyed my time, but I no longer wish to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment." A first-round pick of the Steelers in 2008, he rushed for 4,236 yards ...
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The First Step

Huffington Post - 27 Aug 2014
I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation. I'm supposed to be broke right now ...
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Former NFL star picks up Richard Pryor's estate for $2.5M

The Real Deal Magazine - 09 May 2017
Retired professional football player Rashard Mendenhall scooped up the former home of late comedian and actor Richard Pryor last week for $2.5 million, or $424 a square foot. The estate, in the San Fernando Valley's Sherwood Forest, was the site where ...
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Former Illini football star now writes for HBO's 'Ballers'

Chicago Tribune - 29 Jul 2015
We know the narrative of sportswriters as frustrated athletes. Rashard Mendenhall flipped that last year in retiring from the NFL at 26. "I no longer want to put my body at risk for the sake of entertainment," he explained in a Huffington Post essay ...
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Rashard Mendenhall suspended by Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL News - 12 Dec 2012
Mendenhall will miss Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Baron Batch was promoted from the Steelers' practice squad to replace Mendenhall. NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported that Mendenhall did not show up at Heinz Field for last week's loss ...

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