Richie Incognito hangs up before training camp

After 14 seasons, Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Richie Incognito has decided to hang up his boots. Although he was once one of league’s most controversial playersRaider Nation embraced him, and when he was healthy, he impacted the team.

When he arrived, many wondered if the decision to bring in Incognito was a wise one. His reputation preceded him, but under former head coach Jon Gruden, Incognito thrived with the Raiders. He quickly became an anchor on the Raiders’ offensive line, providing Gruden with the mainstay he needed at left guard. In his freshman year, the four-time Pro Bowler helped keep Derek Carr on his feet, allowing just one sack all season. His game was relatively clean, having been penalized only eight times that season as well. Even if you don’t care about Pro Football Focus ratings, his blocking rating of 88.5 is remarkable.

As it concerns his tenure with the Silver and BlackIncognito clearly cherishes him and seems grateful to them for allowing him to be himself.

“I felt like home the minute I arrived here. I’d played for so long and gotten that “bad boy” reputation, but it fit perfectly with the Raiders. They trusted who I was and they let me play. And I played my ass off just to thank them for the opportunity.

Why did Richie Incognito retire from the Las Vegas Raiders?

In the Raiders press room where several teammates were present, including Andre James, Incognito decided he could not continue playing.

“I’ve dealt with injuries in the last two years that I’ve never had before in my career. My body told me it was time, and I knew I was ready to hang them up. And even if some people around me don’t believe me, I’m ready. There is no turning back.”

As Incognito pointed out, after his impressive 2019 campaign, injuries quickly ripped through his body. He only played two games in the 2020 season and missed all of last year. Incognito then thanked his teammates in a parting statement and mentioned that owner Mark Davis “means the world to him.” In fact, he states that his retirement as a Raider is a result of everything his experience with the Silver and Black meant to him.

When this is the list, Incognito’s retirement doesn’t seem to have much of an impact. With training camp just days away, the Raiders believe Denzelle Good, John Simpson and Dylan Parham, among others, will be battling for snaps at the starting guard. Perhaps a coaching role in the near future awaits Incognito.

*Top photo: Eric Risberg/Associated Press

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