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NFL player Rashard Mendenhall retiring after only six seasons

Rashard Mendenhall, the Cardinals running back, has made his retirement from NFL official. He played six years in the NFL and was best known for the time he played with the Steelers. Two years ago he suffered after tearing his ACL and ever since he wasn't the great back he used to be.

Still, the Cardinals were counting on him as only the last year alone they gave him 217 carries.

In February 25 Rashard Mendenhall hinted in a Huffington Post article that he is going to retire soon. He detailed in the column about him that after tearing his ACL he had a religious vision during the same day. Mendenhall said: "The journey I envisioned is the two years of rebuilding that would follow.. 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."

The former Steelers' first-round pick managed to get 37 touchdowns and rushed over 4200 yards during his career. His best year was 2010 when he scored 13 touchdowns and ran more than 1200 yards. Sports analysts say Mendenhall could have continued his NFL career at least for few to several more years to see how it will work out for him and to collect on those large NFL pay-checks. Apparently this is not what Mendenhall wants any more.

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