Posted December 26, 2013

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen considered quitting football

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Keenan Allen  (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Chargers WR Keenan Allen needs 45 receiving yards to set a rookie franchise record. (Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen says he was so frustrated at the beginning of the season with not getting snaps that he considered quitting football.

Allen told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he was frustrated after seeing zero snaps in the team’s opening game loss to the Houston Texans.

“After I didn’t play after that first game, I was about another snap away of not playing from quitting,” Allen said.

‘I need help. I’m losing. I’m about to quit,’” Allen said. “(I wasn’t) living up to my expectations of starting. I’ve never been a role player-type guy. Not easy at all. … I’ve never had to do it before. I never had to adjust.”

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Allen has turned it around since then, leading the team with 957 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 66 receptions.

He is a leading candidate for rookie of the year honors and already owns the Chargers’ rookie record with five 100-yard games in a season.


13 comments
MUCHOHUEVOS
MUCHOHUEVOS

I suppose Allen will demand a trade when the Chargers get waxed in the 1st round of the playoffs.

MUCHOHUEVOS
MUCHOHUEVOS

Sure thing Keenan...jump off the gravy train after stirring the skillet your entire life. A real "Who cares?" article by SI.

1SDSportsJunkie
1SDSportsJunkie

Lame SI article and totally misrepresented Allen and the original article. This is SI at it's best to make something negative just to get us suckers to read a headline. Shoot, this isn't even an article, it's a freakin' lame comment of an article that's actually positive. 

Steve Phillips
Steve Phillips

Another selfish player that thinks it is all about him. He will be a flash in the pan!

dchiu2013
dchiu2013

Another diva at WR position. Throw him the damn ball!  

jj55
jj55

Thank goodness Malcom Floyd had a potentially life threatening injury in Week 2 so this clown could become a starter!

therantguy
therantguy

LOL - If you believe this them I have some prime Florida land to sell you. The idea that a guy with literally no other money making skill or education was going to ever voluntarily walk away from his deal is just silly. What was he going to do? Go pump gas for $7 an hour?

bornindetroit
bornindetroit

I considered it, too, and ultimately did back in the 8th grade. Stuck with hoops. How's that for a headline article?

Sportsfan18
Sportsfan18

Wow, how entitled he is.  I mean, PRIOR to EVER playing in the league, he ASSUMED he should be playing/starting and threw a tantrum (in his head anyway, contemplated quitting due to this).


How can a players who has NOT even played ONE single snap in the NFL not able to realize that they simply need to prepare and be prepared to perform when their number is called?


Prima Donna all the way.

Alan2
Alan2

Not much of an article.  A better read is Michael Gehlken's in the San Diego Union Tribune, appearing the same day, and, I'm sure, read by Mr. Axson.  Shame.

6marK6
6marK6

Can't is the real c-word.

MARK7
MARK7

That is not the real reason, Allen, after not getting his way on the field and in the locker room....almost quit. But after he came back into the locker room after the first week and he saw the new shiny tampon machine they installed just next to his locker, he felt a lot better!

Tommy K
Tommy K

as a charger fan, and Keenan Allen fan, this is a bit lame to read, especially saying he would quit football over not getting snaps in a few games of his rookie year. 4 year $2.81 million contract as well. poor guy. we all wish we could get paid like that to learn in our first few games of our career, or first few months of our new job. hope he matures quickly and sticks around San Diego for a while... could be a great player if he doesn't have a huge ego, which this article insinuates he does..