Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito announced his retirement on Tuesday — which the team then made official on Thursday by placing him on the reserve/retired list — officially closing the book on his controversy-filled football career.
He told multiple reporters that his 12-year career in the NFL was over, and even tweeted at the NFL Players’ Association and its spokesman, George Atallah, saying “I’m done” with a tongue-out emoji.
It turns out, though, that may have been a hoax.
“That was a short lived retirement,” Incognito tweeted at Buffalo’s PR account on Friday night. “See you Monday for the offseason program.”
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) April 14, 2018
The 34-year-old initially said he was retiring due to health issues.
“I’m done, I’m done, that’s it,” Incognito told Buffalo News Bills reporter Vic Carucci. “It’s been a long career. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. Nothing I can’t restore with some balance, but the stress is killing me.
“I went to a doctor’s appointment the other day and they said, ‘Listen, the stress is killing you, what are you doing?’ And I said, ‘Listen, I’m just doing what I love and that’s playing football.’ So that’s why I’m done …
“I just want to be in the Hall of Fame. I think I’m there.”
At this point, who knows if Incognito really will come out of his “retirement” or not for a 13th season in the NFL.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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