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Dwyer ready to start if Ellington can't go

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The last time injury propelled Jonathan Dwyer into the starting lineup, he had a career season. As Rashard Mendenhall's backup in 2012 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dwyer played in 13 games and started six, running for 623 yards and two touchdowns -- the only scores of his career. Show More Summary

Cardinals RB Andre Ellington having an MRI after aggravating foot injury

Andre Ellington was supposed to be a breakout player this year, an exciting running back in line for more carries after Rashard Mendenhall retired. If you have him on your fantasy team, you probably used a very high pick to get him. Well,...Show More Summary

Rashard Mendenhall -- I'm a TV Writer Now ... With Gig On HBO Show

Fomer NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall says he has NO REGRETS about quitting football in March at the age of 26... saying he's now a TV writer with a gig on an HBO show. Mendenhall -- who won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2009 -- wrote…

Stepfan Taylor ready to step in at RB

TEMPE, Ariz. -- When it comes to talking about who the Arizona Cardinals' starting running back will be this coming season, the conversation has centered around Andre Ellington since last year’s starter, Rashard Mendenhall, retired in...Show More Summary

Despite Question Marks, the Arizona Cardinals Are Actually Set at Running Back

After Rashard Mendenhall’s abrupt retirement in March, pundits wondered what the Arizona Cardinals' offseason plans would be at the running back position. Some felt they needed to upgrade in free agency, and others believed they were...Show More Summary

Cardinals sign Jonathan Dwyer, Ted Larsen, Marcus Benard

After the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, the Cardinals have picked up another former Steelers running back. Jonathan Dwyer, a 2010 sixth-round pick of the Steelers who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh, has signed with the Cardinals. Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for Dwyer’s first two NFL seasons, so…

From Football to Fiction

Rashard Mendenhall is retiring from the Arizona Cardinals in order to write, among other reasons. “The truth is, I don’t really think my walking away is that big of deal. For me it’s saying, ‘Football was pretty cool, but I don’t want to play anymore. I want to travel the world and write!’” Maybe he’ll […]

Rashard Mendenhall, The Millennial We All Wish We Could Be

6 months agoOdd : Thought Catalog

If you need a #postgradlife comparison, Mendenhall had a bright future with the company.

What Does Rashard Mendenhall’s Early Retirement Reveal About the Business of Pro Football?

Rashard Mendenhall has retired from the NFL in his prime. The rarity of this move demands a deeper exploration into the current state of football.

Star NFL Running Back Retires at 26 to 'Fully Be Me'

Rashard Mendenhall didn’t want to make a big deal of retiring at the age of 26. The former Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers running back explained in his essay “Why I Retired At 26” for the Huffington Post on Sunday that heShow More Summary

26-Year-Old NFL Running Back Retires, Says: 'I Feel Like I've Done it All'

Arizona Cardinals free-agent running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring from football, ESPN reports.

Rashard Mendenhall Early Retirement Is a Smart Plan for Current, Future Players

I suddenly wish I was Rashard Mendenhall. I bet I’m not the only one. I sometimes find myself sitting around when I should be working, dreaming about what life would be like if I was able to make tens of millions of dollars in a ridiculously...Show More Summary

An anonymous internet commenter’s response to Rashard Mendenhall’s attack on internet commenters

He takes shots at alleged racists, and anonymous internet commenters. I felt I needed to respond to these vile accusations and take a stand because this type of unchecked aggression towards real NFL fans is unacceptable.

Retiring at 26: Rashard Mendenhall Explains Why

Leave the audience wanting more remains a basic rule of show business. Like running backs Robert Smith, Barry Sanders, and Jim Brown before him, Rashard Mendenhall retires from football still hearing cheers. But he doesn’t want you to call him an entertainer. Show More Summary

Rashard Mendenhall retires from NFL at 26 — but not for the usual reasons

6 months agoSports : The Early Lead

Rashard Mendenhall announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday and the running back did it in the most unlikely way: with a thoughtful, eloquent column. Mendenhall had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers before joining the Arizona Cardinals and was expected to become a free agent when the open period begins at 4 […]

NFL Player Explains Why He's Retiring At Age 26

NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall is retiring at age 26. Mendenhall spent five successful years with the Pittsburgh Steelers before going to Arizona in 2013. In an article on the Huffington Post, Mendenhall explained his decision.Show More Summary

Rashard Mendenhall explains his decision to retire from NFL at age 26

It's fascinating when a NFL player retires in his prime.  It's hard to imagine, for most of us. To play in the NFL, and make a tremendous living, seems like the pinnacle. It was, in some ways, for Rashard Mendenhall. The former Steelers...Show More Summary

Rashard Mendenhall Says That He's Retiring At 26, But On His Own Terms

6 months agoSports : Deadspin

Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall surprisingly announced his retirement at the age of 26 today. While Arizona looked ready to move on from him anyway, Mendenhall says—among other things—that he's choosing to step away in an essay on Huffington Post. Read more...

Mendenhall explains his decision to retire at 26

After earning $15.1 million through six NFL seasons, running back Rashard Mendenhall has had enough.  He has explained in an item for the Huffington Post his decision to retire at age 26. Basically, Mendenhall says:  (1) he has done everything he could do in football; (2) football has become more about entertainment than football; and…

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