Bills cornerback Vontae Davis realized during halftime, playing against the Los Angeles Chargers, that he no longer wanted to play football.
Davis later wrote in a statement, “This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL, today on the field it really hit me fast and hard: I shouldn’t be out there anymore.” Davis went on, “I meant no disrespect to my teammates and my coaches. But I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level. But physically, I know that isn’t possible, and I had an honest moment with myself. While I was on the field, I just didn’t feel right, and I told the coaches, I’m not feeling like myself. I also wondered, Do I want to keep sacrificing? And truthfully, I do not because the season is long, and 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.”
Second-year coach Sean McDermott was not happy about Davis’s abrupt decision. Coaches hate quitters and much rather publicly embarrass a player then to have said player publicly embarrass them. If Davis had given McDermott the opportunity to publicly berate him during the game, bench him, then cut him immediately after, no one would have batted an eye, but for the player to have the audacity to walk away on his own during a game is totally unheard of and unforgiveable in professional sports.
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters, “Never seen anything like that — Pop Warner, high school, college, pros. Never heard of it, never seen it, and it’s just completely disrespectful his team mates , he didn’t say nothing to nobody,” Alexander continued, “You know as much as I know. I found out going into the second half, said he’s not coming out, he retired.”
When Steve Spurrier quit on the Gamecocks, and Nick Saban quit on the Dolphins, they were immediately given new higher paying jobs as a reward. Lets see is Vonte Davis will receive the same treatment.