In 2018, former NFL cornerback Vontae Davis retired in the middle of a game.
Davis, a 10-year veteran, left the Buffalo Bills at halftime telling the team that he was done.
“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” Davis said in a statement released by the NFL after the game. “I’ve endured multiple surgeries and played through many different injuries throughout my career and, over the last few weeks, this was the latest physical challenge. But today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.
“I meant no disrespect to my teammates and coaches,” Davis continued. “But I hold myself to a standard. … It’s more important for me and my family to walk away healthy than to willfully embrace the warrior mentality and limp away too late.”
Not everyone saw it his way, as some of Davis’ teammates thought the impromptu retirement was disrespectful. His brother, former NFL tight end Vernon was stunned, and even asked Vontae if he was joking.
Disrespectful or not, this will always be one of the most unexpected retirements in all of sports.