No one quite understood why Titans quarterback Jake Locker walked away from a multimillion-dollar contract in the NFL in 2015.
There was speculation about injuries, fear of concussions, not having the stomach for football, money. But leave he did after playing 30 games, passing for 4,967 yards and completing 27 touchdown passes. He vanished from the public view without giving any interviews.
At 26, he left the game before most quarterbacks reach their prime. And there were plenty of offers from other teams – some looking for a starter, others a solid backup.
Three years later, bared his soul to a Sports Illustrated reporter whose story appears this week, explaining why what Locker did was such an unusual thing: “In this century, no other healthy and reasonably effective NFL quarterback has chosen to step away as quickly as Locker.”
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