6th Rounder Retires From NFL Before The End Of His First Training Camp

Ryan Swope, chosen in the 6th round (174th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals, has announced his retirement from the NFL – citing concussions as the reason. He suffered a concussion during preseason training activities and followed his doctor’s advice.

“As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point,” Swope said. “It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree.

“I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for the opportunity and their support. I wish the team much success this season.”

Originally from : http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/25/cardinals-place-rookie-wr-ryan-swope-on-reserve-retired-list/

“We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said…

Originally from : http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/25/cardinals-place-rookie-wr-ryan-swope-on-reserve-retired-list/

Ryan Swope Put On Reserve-Retired List – AZCardinals.com

http://news.google.comSat, 27 Jul 2013 21:27:42 GMT

AZCardinals.com Ryan Swope Put On Reserve-Retired List AZCardinals.com Wednesday, the Cardinals officially lost the gamble in choosing the Texas A&M wide receiver, after Swope was put on the reserve/retired list because of his ongoing concussion issues. …

Rookie Ryan Swope Retires From NFL “For Now” Thanks – Deadspin

http://deadspin.com Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:55:00 GMT

Arizona Cardinals rookie Ryan Swope’s NFL career didn’t last past OTAs. Unlike most players who didn’t make it to training camp, this is his own decision–he’s ending his “lifelong dream” because of concussions.

Here at BlogTalkFootball, we respect his decision to get healthy first. A football player is only as good as his ability to stay healthy on the field. If he plays one season and is unable to continue because of concussions, who has he helped?

He knew, because of his history at Texas A & M, that he was susceptible to concussions (having suffered two last year with the Aggies). Should he have entered the draft at all or waited a year to see if he was fully recovered?

From The Twittersphere

GridironGod.com

Sat Aug 03 04:26:47 +0000 2013

#NFL #Cardinals Ryan Swope’s retirement might make teams adjust draft plans http://t.co/z6VC1nczyk

آدم نديم

Fri Aug 02 23:36:37 +0000 2013

RT @AdamSchefter: Cardinals placed rookie WR Ryan Swope on reserve/retired list due to concussions. Looks like his NFL career is over.

Michael W. Powell

Sun Aug 04 03:36:02 +0000 2013

Cardinals rookie Ryan Swope retires before ever playing a down.  http://t.co/Zk2XwuANc8

What Too Much Alcohol (And A Video Camera) Does To Your Career

After a video surfaced Wednesday of Riley Cooper wanting to “fight every ‘racial slur’ out there” at a Kenny Chesney concert in June, the Philadelphia Eagle Wide Receiver’s life has changed…

Not only does he alienate a large portion of his teammates, but his opponents will be gunning for him as well. If you think the Saints bounty scandal was bad, wait until players start chipping off on Riley during games.

Of course, Riley apologized to fans and his teammates:

Riley Cooper’s Apology – Philadelphia Eagles

http://www.philadelphiaeagles.comThu, 01 Aug 2013 13:15:00 GMT

I have apologized to my coach, Jeffrey Lurie, and. — Riley Cooper (@Riley Cooper_14) July 31, 2013. Howie Roseman and to my teammates. I owe an apology to the fans and to this community. I am so ashamed, but there are no excuses.

Roger Goodell, ’The Commish’ weighed in:

Riley Cooper won’t be punished by NFL, Roger Goodell says

http://www.sbnation.comThu, 01 Aug 2013 15:19:21 GMT

The Philadelphia wideout will not be punished by the league after a video of him using racially insensitive language surfaced earlier this week.

But the Eagles do not have the same patience as the commish. They levied a hefty fine on the player – although many NFL insiders are saying he should have been dropped like a hot potato after the video surfaced.

Riley Cooper — White Philadelphia Eagles Player Apologizes for N

http://www.tmz.comWed, 31 Jul 2013 21:10:00 GMT

2:54 PM PT — The Eagles tell TMZ … Cooper has been FINED for making the comments and “has accepted responsibility for his words and actions.”The team…

Players around the league are not buying the apology, however…

Dallas Cowboys safety Will Allen on Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley

http://cowboysblog.dallasnews.comThu, 01 Aug 2013 20:54:28 GMT

Philadelphia Eagles receiver Riley Cooper has come under fire after a video was published online Wednesday, catching him using a racial slur in a confrontation with an African-American security guard at a Kenny Chesney

And even his own teammate, LeSean McCoy, has lost respect for Cooper.

LeSean McCoy On Riley Cooper: ‘I Can’t Respect A Guy Like That’

http://www.huffingtonpost.comFri, 02 Aug 2013 00:12:23 GMT

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has lost the friendship of at least one teammate after a video of him uttering a racial slur went viral this week.

Let’s face it. Drugs and alcohol serve to remove the inhibitions that keep us from saying things like that. Cooper is beginning to see why too much drink can injure you in more ways than a hangover. Of course, trusting the people around you who have video cameras can also help keep things like this from blowing up…

From The Twittersphere:

Skip Bayless

Thu Aug 01 21:28:10 +0000 2013

Anonymous Eagle said Andy Reid would have dealt w/ Riley Cooper much more harshly. Agree. Would’ve cut him. Now it’s a troubled team.

Racial Draft

Thu Aug 01 03:28:44 +0000 2013

Rednecks put franchise tag on Riley Cooper.

SportsCenter

Thu Aug 01 01:26:25 +0000 2013

“We all do and say things that maybe we do mean or we don’t mean. But as a teammate, I forgave him.” – Michael Vick on Riley Cooper

Bleacher Report

Wed Jul 31 23:48:54 +0000 2013

Marcus Vick, brother of Michael, put a $1K bounty on Riley Cooper via Twitter after Cooper’s racist remarks http://t.co/reDY3FZOTJ

The Fake ESPN

Thu Aug 01 23:55:13 +0000 2013

Riley Cooper a little worried after Michael Vick slaps him on back and says: “It’s cool man, you’re still one of my dogs!”

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