On Tuesday, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder made what is hopefully the last bold statement we’ll hear out of him any time soon – he announced his retirement.
At 27 years old, Crowder’s retirement marks the end of the line for one of the NFL’s most notoriously annoying trash talkers. The move comes on the heels of him being cut from the Dolphins roster less than two weeks ago.
The announcement was made on WQAM radio, where Crowder has served as a talk-show host.
"I know I can still play football," said Crowder, "But I decided to hang it up. Now I'm not worried about icing my knees anymore or getting stingers or concussions. I did it long enough. I played football since I was 9 years old.
“I'm not making a comeback," he said. "If somebody tells me I don't have to go through training camp and I can come in Week 1 and play -- but I don't see it."
Crowder spent all six of his seasons in the professional ranks as a member of the Dolphins. After being cut by Miami, he tried out for the New England Patriots, but it was to no avail. Apparently they already have too many motor-mouths on the roster.
"It was just so weird," he said. "I went to their practice facility to work out, and I ran over the red dummies instead of the orange ones. I was so used to Miami, and I loved Miami so much.
"I don't want to be jumping from team to team," he said. "Financially we're stable. It's not there. I don't want to go."
Crowder’s Sunshine State roots run deep. Prior to being drafted by the Dolphins in the third round of the 2005 draft, the talented linebacker played for the Florida Gators.
During the 2010-11 season, Crowder made 33 tackles in 11 games.
"A lot of teams we played either hated me or loved me," Crowder said. "You love the stuff I talked, or you hated it because I was talking it to you. But I have friends around the league that enjoyed it. It got me going when I played."