Johnny Knox changes his mind, retires from NFL
A day after saying he still wanted to play in the NFL
despite the Bears terminating his contract
, Johnny Knox
has decided to retire.
Knox told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times
that he has to face the reality that he still has trouble walking ó and isnít even close to being able to run with the speed of an NFL wide receiver ó more than 13 months after suffering a devastating back injury. As a result, Knox said, he is trying to make peace with the fact that he will never play football again.
ďAs an athlete, you donít want to give up, you want to keep on fighting
. Thatís how Iíve always been,Ē Knox said. ďBut itís been on my heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know Iím not going to be the same and perform at the ability that I used to. So Iím moving on and going forward.Ē