Some players come out of the college game and pick up the NFL game faster than others.
But when it comes to Dolphins rookie linebacker Mike McCray, no one was faster than him—at dropping the game altogether.
Yup, turns out it only took him three months to realize that professional football was not for him.
Which is why yesterday—just two days before what was to be his first training camp practice—the undrafted rookie out of Michigan announced his retirement on Twitter, saying that he had been playing football "for the wrong reasons."
"Football has helped shape me into the man am today; through the great times and the bad," McCray wrote. "But I am so much more than an athlete. I'm a Man of God, I'm a Man with a sense of humor, I'm a Man who wants to give back, I'm a Man who likes photography, I'm a Man who loves kids, I'm a Man who loves to cook, and I am a Man who is loving."
McCray added: "During this time, I sacrificed my happiness and my well-being. I want to encourage those reading this to do what feels good on the inside and not what looks good on the outside. Also, make sure you are doing it for you and your happiness and not others and their happiness."
And with that, McCray announced his playing career was done.
And don’t think just because he was an unsigned free agent it was any easier—especially considering the Dolphins designated a priority rookie free agent back—which included a $10,000 signing bonus.
And kudos to McCray for sending a message to others that—just because you don’t know what you do want—doesn’t mean that you don’t know what you don’t want.
Source: Miami Herald