Usurped in the Miami Dolphins backfield by burgeoning star Ajayi and facing another injury rehab, veteran four-time Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster announced his retirement tonight. Foster has famously lived life on his own terms and this is the latest example of that.
After being undrafted out of Tenessee in 2009, Arian Foster signed with the Houston Texans and went on to become the most prolific running back in that franchise’s history. Since he came into the league, Foster averaged 115.2 yards from scrimmage per game, which was the highest in the league during that span. His 31 100-yard rushing games in that span were also the most in the league.
In a statement on Uninterrupted.com, Foster wrote, “This is a beautifully violent game and the same reason I loved it is why I have to walk away.” Below is his full statement.
The eight-year veteran began his short stint with the Dolphins after signing with them in free agency during the previous offseason. After being the starter in the first week of the season, Foster has dealt with a succession of soft-tissue injuries. NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport reports that Foster retired because he found the prospect of another rehab too daunting.
Foster was one of the best running backs in the current era of the NFL and though it’s a bummer to see him have to call it quits, Foster is the rare NFL player who is capable of doing great things outside the realm of football.