It’s one and dome for running back Rashard Mendenhall has decided to retire at the age of 26 according to ESPN, as he will not come back to play in 2014.
Mendenhall had a tough go of it in his first season in Arizona, rushing for just 3.2 yards per carry despite the team thriving going 10-6.
He was a former first-round pick of the Steelers, rushing for 4,236 career yards and going for 39 touchdowns in six NFL seasons.
Mendenhall tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2011, and he hinted at retiring in a Huffington Post blog post called “The Vision.”
“The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow,” Mendenhall said. “And as I write this, today is the day that the journey is over and I am fully at peace. Eagerly looking to a new way, which lies ahead.”
Mendy’s best NFL season came back in 2010, when the Steelers got to the Super Bowl behind a solid year for the back, as he went for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns.