In the end, no one wanted QB Daunte Culpepper, so instead of hanging onto the dream of becoming a starter again in the NFL, he simply stated that he will play no more by stating: “Farewell NFL”. Those words were written by Culpepper in an email earlier today announcing that he was walking away from the game, just a few years removed from being one of the top QB’s in the leauge.
Culpepper played in Oakland last season, but was his own worst enemy this past offseason, as at least two teams, the Packers and Steelers, were going to give him a chance at a backup QB spot, but he turned them down. Each time Culpepper wanted the chance to be the starter, but with Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger the starters in those two cities, his chances of being a starter there were slim and none.
“When free agency began this year, I had a new sense of excitement about continuing to rebuild my career in the same way that I had rebuilt my knee after my catastrophic injury in 2005,” Culpepper said. “Unfortunately, what I found out was that the league did not share any of the optimism about me as an unrestricted free agent that I expected. In fact, there was an overwhelming sense that there was no room for me among this year’s group of quarterbacks.”
The career of Culpepper took off with the Vikings in 2000, as he was the QB for a team that was more like an Arena Football team, setting scoring records with the likes of Randy Moss and Cris Carter. He threw for 33 TD’s and 16 picks and 3937 yards that year, a season that in the end would only overshadowed by his 2004 year when he threw for 4717 yards, 39 TD’s and 11 picks.
The following year he got hurt after seven games, and since then has played in just 11 games, and with his knee never really getting back to 100 percent, he has never been the same. “Since I was not given a fair chance to come in and compete for a job, I would rather move on and win in other arenas of life,” Culpepper said.