Buffalo Bills defensive back Vontae Davis stole the headlines today when he did the unthinkable. Davis actually retired at halftime of a game.
Davis packed it in with the Bills trailing 28-6 to the Los Angeles Chargers at intermission. The 10-year veteran shocked his teammates with the decision.
Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander called the move “completely disrespectful.”
Lorenzo Alexander said he was told Vontae Davis pulled himself out and retired at halftime. Said he hasn't seen anything like it going back to Pop Warner. "Completely disrespectful."
— Matthew Fairburn (@MatthewFairburn) September 16, 2018
Immediately following the game, there was some confusion over whether Davis just quit on today’s game or was hanging them up for good.
Now, we no longer have to speculate. Davis has released an official statement declaring that he is retiring from the NFL.
“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” Davis wrote. “But in my 10th NFL season, I have been doing what my body has been programmed to do: Get ready to play on game day. 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.”
— NFL (@NFL) September 16, 2018
Davis’ statement sheds some light on the situation. Still, this is as bizarre a situation as you’re going to find in the NFL.
It has already been a strange two weeks for the Bills.