It's Sunday, and the following quarterbacks are starting for NFL teams this week: Kerry Collins, Cleo Lemon, Kyle Boller, and Brian Griese. With Timmy Chang probably a Tim Rattay elbow injury away from getting a phone call, some fans are probably amazed that they could use the services Jake Plummer right now. Well, he's not interested right now, what with his handball career and all.
The Denver Post has a basically awesome story about how Plummer, who retired after being traded to Tampa Bay back in the spring, just doesn't care about the NFL anymore:
The NFL is so competitive, but it's also a very cutthroat business at times. I spent 10 years doing a lot of great things, and I wanted to get out before my career ended the way a lot of other people's careers end. I got out because I wanted to play handball and I wanted to do other things.
While it's cool to see someone realize they don't need football, it's curious that of all the players throughout the years who were able to walk away without regrets, it's odd that he's leaving football ... for another sport. But at least Plummer can pull off the Richie Tenenbaum look quite well, even if his headband is just an old sock. (I'm not making that part up.)
Plummer's Handball Odyssey [Denver Post]