Chris Best is allowed to walk away from the game on his own terms, despite it not quite being on his own terms.
Best’s body won’t let him get back on the field. Two more surgeries are needed and it would take time to get back out there.
Some players, might take that chance. Not Chris Best.
He doesn’t need to because of some forward thinking in his younger days.
Some young people may say they want to grow up to be a professional football player. You don’t grow up to be a football player. You grow up after being a football player.
With careers that often end in their 20s, more youngsters should come up with the post-career plan pre-career.
Best’s transition will be seamless. A master’s degree in mechanical engineering has allowed him to work a solid job in the off-season for the last few years. He’s all ready to take on ‘retirement’ – if you can even call it that.
Best could be a great example for young football players. Work ethic. Great attitude. Leadership. And realizing early, for most athletes there is a lot more life after football than there is in football.