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Jeremy Maclin opens up about retirement

Louie DiBiase

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Courtesy of Sharon Ellman USA Today

Former Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin announced his retirement a few weeks ago after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury. Maclin didn’t say exactly why but after having career low seasons in 2016 and 2017, and then missing all of 2018, clearly he wasn’t the same player that posted over 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs.

 

Today, the 2009 first round selection spoke about his career and the decision to hang up the cleats.

Apparently, the hamstring injury is even more serious than many thought.

“The Ravens released me in March 2018 and since then I’ve been trying to get my hamstring right. I’ve had 3 injections that haven’t worked. I have rehabbed endlessly. I have pain bending down to pick up things. I can’t move my leg without having pain.” 

Maclin attempted to make a comeback last year. He and the Eagles reportedly had a workout set up Week 3 with Philadelphia’s receiving core razor-thin. The hamstring injury didn’t get right and the Eagles elected to bring back Jordan Matthews.

The former Missouri standout also discussed dealing with mental health problems when he was released by the Chiefs after failing to replicate his impressive 2015 season.

“After I got released from Kansas City, the mental part got extremely challenging for me. Something that had been my biggest strength slowly started to become one of my weaknesses. Mentally I was shook but I still wanted to play despite what was going on.”

 

Maclin spoke highly of his time in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2014.

“The memories I have of playing in that midnight green still give me chills. I’ll never forget DJac and me talking trash to defensive back every time we stepped foot on the field. I’ll never forget Asante telling us he’s getting a pick and two plays later he gets a pick. I’ll never forget how true Jason Avant stayed to himself no matter what the situation was. Winning or losing, every catch he thanked the man upstairs, Celek, JP, and Kelce.” 

 

In the record books, Maclin has the 10th most receiving yards in Eagles history and 7th in receiving touchdowns. He has the 5th highest reception total for a single season with 85 in 2014 and his 1,318 receiving yards that year is the third best regular season total in franchise history.

 

At just 30 years old, it is a sad end to an extremely efficient career for a fairly young player.

 

Louie, an Eagles, and NFL enthusiast all his life has finally found his home to share his thousands of takes on the Philadelphia Eagles with Locked on Eagles. Louie also works in Buffalo sports radio as a writer, host, and producer for WGR Sports Radio 550 the official home of the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He may be far from the nest, but Louie bleeds green just like the rest of Eagles Nation. Fly Eagles Fly.

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