It’s been a difficult season for the Detroit Lions, but it’s even worse for Damon Harrison who addressed the media after the season finale where he discussed why he was considering a possible retirement from the game.
“My mind state is telling me I can do it, but my body is just not there.”
“I mean at this point, everything is on the table,” Harrison said. “Obviously, it wasn’t the type of year that I am used to having and that I wanted to have. It’s been tough. I’ve dealt with some injuries all year, so. I wasn’t ever able to get back to the form that I am used to. I have too much pride, man. I have been doing this too long. So if I can’t be the player that I am used to being I think my teammates deserve better, my family deserves better. I never cheated the game a day in my life.”
“Physically, I have been hurting,” he said. “It is something new every week. I am really just tired of hurting.”
Harrison made it clear that nothing is settled at this point.
“I have to talk it over with my family,” Harrison said, “try to see some different options. But if I do walk away, I am not ashamed. I don’t feel bad because I gave it everything I had, even when it wasn’t good enough.”
Harrison had a very good 2018 season to the point the Lions gave him an $11 million extension prior to this season that keeps him under contract through 2021.