Posted February 14, 2013

Ex-Bears WR Johnny Knox says he is done with football

NFL

Ex-Chicago Bears wide receiver Johnny Knox has decided to hang up his cleats at age 26 after being unable to come back from a back injury.

The Bears released Knox yesterday after not playing in 2012. Knox was injured on Dec. 13, 2011 against the Seattle Seahawks when he was hit in the back by Seahawks defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove.  Knox was able to move his legs but says he was overwhelmed by pain just lying on the grass.

“As an athlete, you don’t want to give up, you want to keep on fighting. That’s how I’ve always been,” Knox said to the Chicago Sun-Times. “But it’s been on my heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know I’m not going to be the same and perform at the ability that I used to. So I’m moving on and going forward.”

Knox says he plans to remain in the Chicago area with his wife and two children. He is currently an investor in the launch of a new supplement company, Healthy 74.  A Pro Bowl selection in 2009, Knox finishes his career with 133 receptions for 2,214 yards along with 1,515 total return yards.


8 comments
Supes
Supes

I always thought the hit he took was needlessly vicious. The guy went at him with the intent of hurting him. Sure it was a legal and "clean" play but it was not a necessary one. Which is my point. 

Anyways Knox was fun to watch and I have missed seeing him play. The Bears definitely missed his speed and catching ability last year. In all honesty after that hit Knox is just lucky to have any semblance of a normal life. I wish him well and if I ever see him on the streets of Chicago like I have other retired players I will thank him for his service. 

 

JamesMartin
JamesMartin

I enjoyed watching you play johnny, i wish you well.

LOS ANGELES SUCKS
LOS ANGELES SUCKS

That hit Knox took, man it's a miracle he could even walk. Good luck in your new business Johnny, all the best!

 

And yes, thanks to that communist Barack Obama you'll get taxed up the rear! You people voted for an idiot to run this country, thanks so much and kiss your freedom goodbye!

FeliciaFitzgerald
FeliciaFitzgerald

Well here's a rundown of his NFL income:

 

2009: $514,240

2010: ? (NFL minimum salary in 2010: $450,000)

2011: ? (NFL minimum salary in 2011: $540,000)

2012: $1,311,060

 

That's an absolute minimum of over $2.8M

 

In terms of average US household income, that's about 56 years of income.

 

He should do just fine as a "retired" person at age 26.

VirakChan
VirakChan

Good luck in your endeavors Johnny! You were very exciting to watch.

LukeCage
LukeCage

You forgot to take out the taxes and agent fees.  Given the high tax state/city where he lives, he is lucky if he cleared over $1.2 million.

 

Also, the average US household income...  were those people risking physical injury or death?  You are leaving out far too many important control variables to make a realistic comparison

PigglyWinks
PigglyWinks

 @FeliciaFitzgerald Ok, so what did his income and how he lives has to do with it? With all the taxation our government wishes to slap on us, he would definitely fall in the higher bracket and that money won't last as long, or he maybe donated a bunch or who knows.

 

its not up to us to judge how his few years of salary is "fine" or not fine. the man got injured, retired, and is now doing something else. No need to bring the salary into this. He never complained about the lack of income, so you shouldn't worry about it either.

joe8254
joe8254

 @PigglyWinks  @FeliciaFitzgerald 

Completely agree that his income has no place in this conversation. It seems like a cold thing to bring up. There are a lot of factors in his actual net pay that most of us never deal with (e,g. paying taxes in multiple states, fees to agents). Once you're famous you can't live in an average neighborhood with lower real estate values and property taxes because, unfortunately, there's always a criminal element ready willing and able to put your family and possessions at risk. Why do you think a lot of celebrities live in gated and/or exclusive communities?

 

I wish Johnny Knox and his young family the best. He was spectacular when he'd catch a ball in the open field and glide towards the end zone. It seemed as if he'd be taking three strides for every one a  defender took. In an age when players catch a lot of short passes, he averaged nearly 17 yards per reception. I can't fathom what it must be like to have such talent and then lose your career in an instant. Definitely every athlete's nightmare. Once again I wish Johnny and his family the very best.