So long, Jay Cutler, and thanks for all the memories. After 11 seasons in the NFL, the former Chicago Bears quarterback retired on May 5. Though he’s hung up his jersey, this isn’t the last that football fans have seen of Jay!
“I don’t know if retirement is the right word; I don’t feel that anyone ever really retires from the NFL,” Jay Cutler, 34, said in a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times, announcing the end of his career. The Chicago Bears released him on March 9, and it seems that the writing was on the wall for him. “You are either forced to leave, or you lose the desire to do what’s required to keep going. I’m in between those situations at this point in my life.”
“Words can’t express how grateful I am to everyone who helped me along thejourney,” he added. “I started playing tackle football at the age of 10 and was so lucky to have supportive parents and great coaches along the way that made my path possible. If I listed each person individually, this would quickly turn into an essay, but you know who are and I wouldn’t be in this situation without you. So thank you.”
Jay won’t be off our television screens. Quite the opposite, in fact. He will join FOX Sports NFL coverage in the 2017-18 season, teaming up with Kevin Burkhardt and Charles Davis. So while Jay is ending this chapter of his life, he’s moving on to a brand new adventure.
“I recently read a quote that struck a cord with me at the time. It was attributed to Henry Rollins (but with the internet these day, you can never be too sure who really said it). ‘I did that, I gave everything I had to give to that. Now, if I returned to that it would be repetition — it might be fun repetition, but it wouldn’t be meaningful repetition.’ Thank you to everyone along the way. You made my dream come true,” he added in his statement.
Jay will replace John Lynch, 45, a former NFL safety that left the NFL in 2008 to join NFL on FOX. John left the broadcast booth in Jan. 2017, joining the San Francisco 49ers as their new general manager. Jay is pulling a Tony Romo, 37, as the former-Dallas Cowboys QB left the NFL in April 2017 to join CBS’s broadcast team, according to ESPN.
While Jay never won a Super Bowl during his 11 seasons with the NFL – three with the Denver Broncos, eight with the Bears – he leaves behind a career that’s worth of the Hall Of Fame. He was a 2008 Pro Bowl pick, the same year he led the AFC for passing yards. He set numerous Bears franchise records, such as most completions (2,020) passing touchdowns (154) and highest career passer rating (85.2).
However, Jay’s career was overshadowed by constant injuries and the inability to lead the Bears to the NFL championship. However, after the Bears picked QB Mitchell Trubisky, 22, as the second overall draft pick, after signing quarterback Mike Glennon, 27, to a three year, $45 million deal, it seems that Jay’s not the only one to blame for the Bears’ bad news.
What do you think about Jay Cutler retiring from the NFL, HollywoodLifers? Are you sad?