2010 All Sports Professional award winner from Milton retires after 9 seasons in the NFL
By: Kevin Patra – NFL.com
Cortland Finnegan has considered retirement in the past. Now he’s making it official.
The 31-year-old cornerback announced on Wednesday he will walk away from the NFL on Instagram in a perfectly Finneganian fashion:
“Spent 9 years doing something I Loved and it has payed off in so many ways.. To say I have been blessed is an understatement I am forever thankful.. I have made my share of mistakes and had moments of glory. I even got into a fight in an NFL Game. I’m thankful for the friends I made on and off the field love yAll.. Time to move on and enjoy new people new places and new ideas.. I forgot to thank all the haters I love yAll to”
The shot at Andre Johnson for an epic on-field fight is a nice touch.
Finnegan spent six seasons with the Tennessee Titans after being drafted in the seventh-round of the 2006 draft. He then resided in St. Louis for two seasons before playing 12 games with the Miami Dolphins in 2014.
The nine-year pro got off to a good start last season, before injuries and age took their toll. His retirement is the least surprising among those that have walked away — Jake Locker, Patrick Willis, Jason Worilds — the last several days.
Finnegan will ride into the sunset remembered as a gritty corner who outplayed his draft status with Jeff Fisher’s Titans.