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A Buffalo Bills player has made a move unprecedented in NFL history. During halftime at the team’s eventual loss to the L.A. Chargers, cornerback Vontae Davis decided to retire – but not from the game – from the league.

ESPN reports:

Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis abruptly retired at halftime of Sunday’s 31-20 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, saying in a statement that the reality had hit him: “I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”

Davis, a 10th-year veteran, said he meant no disrespect to his teammates and coaches, but that physically, he could no longer play at the standard he set for himself.

“[He] pulled himself out of the game,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “He communicated to us that he was done.”

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander alerted reporters to Davis’ abrupt retirement after the game.

“I never have seen that,” Alexander said. “Pop Warner, high school, pros. Never heard of it. Never seen it. It’s just completely disrespectful to his teammates. … He didn’t say nothing to nobody. I found out going into the second half of the game. They said he’s not coming out, he retired. That’s it.”

After the game, Davis released a statement.


Do you think he should have at least waited until the end of the game?

PHOTO: Vontae Davis Instagram




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7 thoughts on “Buffalo Bills Player Retires…At Halftime Of Sunday’s Game

  1. His decision, better now then later, hey shit happens, sometimes you wake up, and say hell!
    not working for nobody else TODAY!!!!!!! Do ya thang, and much continues success.

  2. suetatum1954gmailcom on said:

    Would not matter when he did it someone would have something to say. I am sure his family is happy that he left now while he could still walk and talk. Better to walk off the field than to be carried off after trying to do too much! Good luck brother!

  3. I get it he felt that he could play like he use to he had major surgery over the off which for most players there career are over ….the general manager and coach have a problem wiith resigning there own players ……and so they get marginal players….

  4. tedgravely on said:

    He’s the smartest man in the NFL. This man with backbone should be celebrated. Football is a heartless sport, led by brutal owners, and it doesn’t help that Buffalo is a perennial sorry team. The Team could have cut him right after the game. So I love it when players take control – they are the product. Brother – Best of luck.

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