Tucker: There's No Such Thing As Retiring At Halftime

Ross Tucker called Vontae Davis' decision to retire at halftime "pathetic"

The DA Show
September 17, 2018 - 10:47 am

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In a stunning move, Bills cornerback Vontae Davis retired at halftime of Buffalo’s 31-20 loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Afterward, Davis, 30, released a statement via social media explaining that the NFL had taken a physical toll on him and that he realized he shouldn’t be playing anymore.

Needless to say, Davis’ decision to retire mid-game sparked quite a controversy.

“I think it’s pathetic,” NFL analyst Ross Tucker said on The DA Show. “Honestly, it makes me sick. Here’s the thing: as a former player, I always side with players when it’s something against management or the team, whether that’s holding out – whatever they can do to try to maximize the money that they can get. I get it. I understand. But when you quit on your team at halftime, it’s not you against the team; it’s you against the other guys.

“I don’t know if they had four corners suited up or five,” Tucker continued. “But either way, you’re going against Philip Rivers, he’s playing well – and you quit? Then they only had three or four corners left. If the team has an injury, the team runs out of cornerbacks. They had to play safeties in nickel packages.’

The Bills trailed 28-6 at halftime – this after losing 47-3 to the Ravens in Week 1.

“There’s no such thing as retiring at halftime,” Tucker said. “That’s quitting. You retire in the offseason. Heck, you can even retire during the week. But during the actual game when you put on the helmet and shoulder pads and said you’re playing? . . . He showered, put on street clothes, and left. That’s one of the worst things I’ve ever heard a player do.”

If Davis didn’t have anything left in the tank, perhaps he should have told his coaches about it – ideally before game day. 

“He could say something was bothering him or he could just say, ‘Coach, I don’t have it,’” Tucker explained. “But ‘I don’t have it’ isn’t the same as, ‘I’m done, and I’m leaving.’ . . . (A coach might have said), ‘Sorry to hear that, but appreciate you telling us. Please stay in uniform for an emergency, but we won’t play you in the second half. We’ll play the young guys.’ 

“But ‘I’m done’ when the team is getting smoked at halftime and you shower and leave – that’s just quitting,” Tucker continued. “That’s just, ‘Times are tough for us and I don’t want to be a part of it. I’m not going to be here with my guys and keep fighting.’”

Davis, who starred at Illinois, was a first-round pick in 2009. He played for the Dolphins (2009-11), Colts (2012-17) and Bills (2018) and was a two-time Pro Bowler.

“He had a decent 10-year career, and now this will be what he’s known for,” Tucker said. “And he's got to give back like $3.5 million. I wonder if he’s really thought that part of it through.”