Las Vegas Raiders’ Richie Incognito announces retirement

HENDERSON, Nev. – Richie Incognito, who said he found acceptance as one of the more physical offensive linemen of his day with the Las Vegas Raiders after a star-crossed and controversial career, announced his retirement on Friday.

Incognito, 39, signed with the Raiders in 2019 and only played 14 games with them due to injury. He last appeared in week 2 of the 2020 season.

“When I first got here, it felt like home,” Incognito said in a letter posted to the Raiders’ website, “and I had this ‘bad boy’ reputation, but it just suited the Raiders. They trusted who I was and they let me play and I played my ass just to repay them the opportunity.

“I love the Raiders organization and Mr. [Mark] Davis means the world to me. So after four teams and 15 years, I’m retiring a Raider.”

Incognito was a third-round draft pick by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2005 and also spent time with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. He won the first of his four Pro Bowl selections with the Dolphins in 2012, but his involvement in a bullying scandal with fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin resulted in Incognito being suspended for half the 2013 season and he did not play in 2014.

He signed with the Bills in 2015 and went to three straight Pro Bowls before retiring for the first time after the 2017 season, saying his liver and kidneys were “turned off.”

In 2018, Incognito was involuntarily placed in a psychiatric facility after allegedly throwing a barbell at a person at a gym, and was also arrested for threatening to shoot employees at a funeral home where his late father was being held .

He also pleaded guilty to two counts following an incident involving his 90-year-old grandmother.

The Raiders signed him in the spring of 2019, when then-general manager Mike Mayock said, “You can’t have all the Boy Scouts.”

Incognito stayed out of trouble with the Raiders, even as he struggled to stay on the field. He played 12 games that first year — serving a two-game suspension ordered by the NFL for the funeral home incident — and received a two-year, $14 million extension.

But Incognito suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 2 of the 2020 season, and after suffering a calf injury in a joint training session last August, he never played again. Still, he was seen as a positive influence in the Raiders’ offensive line room due to several O-linemen attending Incognito’s retirement media conference call.

Incognito has also become a vocal advocate for mental health.

“I’ve struggled with injuries over the past two years that I’ve never had before in my career,” said Incognito. “My body was telling me it was time, and I knew I was ready to hang her. And while some in my inner circle may not believe me – I’m ready. There is no turning back.

“I came back. I set my mission. I achieved my goal.”

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34249186/las-vegas-raiders-richie-incognito-announces-retirement Las Vegas Raiders’ Richie Incognito announces retirement

Emma Bowman

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