You've probably heard by now that Jake Plummer threatened to retire from the NFL just as the Broncos were attempting to trade him to Tampa Bay. Jake is serious with the retirement talk, according to those close to him, and he just might spend that retirement making the world a better place. Via Michael David Smith at the FanHouse, from the Rocky Mountain News:
The Denver Broncos quarterback won't yield the fourth- round pick the team acquired in a trade Friday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Instead, he'll embark on a future probably filled with extensive travel, quality time with his serious girlfriend and charitable work, maybe even the Peace Corps in retirement.
I don't know if it's something he's really considering; that's not a quote from Plummer or anyone close to him. If it's not serious, Plummer has become, to my knowledge, the first NFL athlete in history to use the Peace Corps in contract negotiations. If it is true, then I couldn't help but admire a guy leaving the NFL to go plant trees and dig irrigation ditches in a third-world nation.
At the same time, though, I'd feel like a prick if I was mean to Jake Plummer for nearly has entire career, and just decided to be nice to him when he retired... so I offer this advice to his Peace Corps superiors. Don't let Jake be the guy throwing bottles of water to thirsty children. They would surely be intercepted by rebel forces.
(UPDATE: That trade to Tampa Bay may have happened happened anyway.)
Peace Corps Could Be Next for Broncos' Jake Plummer [NFL FanHouse]
Plummer leaning to retirement [Rocky Mountain News]