facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bears' Devin Thomas announces retirement

Aug. 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM  |  Updated Aug. 8, 2012 at 8:15 PM   |   Comments

BOURBONNAIS, Ill., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Chicago Bears receiver Devin Thomas announced his retirement via Twitter, a decision confirmed by the team at its training camp Wednesday.

"I have decided to retire from the NFL," Thomas wrote Sunday, expressing in a follow-up message an interest in coaching and mentoring young people.

The daily grind of training camp played a role in his decision, Thomas told ESPN Chicago.

I definitely feel like it's a weight lifted, the beginning of my true life," he said.

Bears Coach Lovie Smith did not attempt to dissuade Thomas, saying: "He's not with us anymore, decided he didn't want to play any more football. You don't want a guy out here if he's not totally into football and he has a passion to play it."

Drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2008, Thomas played in 55 games with the Redskins, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants. The Bears signed him to a one-year contract in March.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Lolo Jones praying for Oscar Pistorius; says father convicted of homicide, too Lolo Jones praying for Oscar Pistorius; says father convicted of homicide, too
2
Darrelle Revis sent home by Bill Belichick for being late to practice Darrelle Revis sent home by Bill Belichick for being late to practice
3
Bills WR Goodwin doubtful vs. Jets
4
Andrew Hawkins jokingly kicks out 2-year-old son after learning he's not his favorite player Andrew Hawkins jokingly kicks out 2-year-old son after learning he's not his favorite player
5
Pistons exercise contract options on Drummond, Caldwell-Pope
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback