Bengals Palmer the Meaning of the Word “Quitter”

By Bengals Gab Columnist Nathan Mallon

Dictionary.com’s definition of the word quitter is as follows: “a person who quits or gives up easily, especially in the face of some difficulty, danger, etc.

When I think of the word quitter pertaining to the world of professional sports there are some names that automatically come to mind for various reasons, namely Lebron James, Jay Cutler, Bobby Petrino and maybe even Jim Riggleman. I am not saying that there are not times when quitting a particular job or task is in one’s best interest and maybe that is even true of some of the players I just mentioned. My question is, will Carson Palmer be the next player to get the “quitter” tag from the general public and you loyal Bengal fans by refusing to fulfill the remaining 4 years left on his contract and retire if he is not traded? It is true that retiring is an option at his disposal, but it definitely seems extremely premature considering his age (31), ability (career QB rating of 86.9), and not to mention all of the money he could still bring in ($53 million).

It was reported that a friend of Palmers quoted him saying, “I will never set foot in Paul Brown Stadium again”; “I have $80 million in the bank,” Palmer reportedly said; “I don’t have to play football for money. I’ll play it for the love of the game, but that would have to be elsewhere.”

I know that being a member of the Cincinnati Bengals almost guarantees one will face difficulty and one must not give up easily when confronted with the frequent disappointment that seems to follow the team. Now that Palmer’s Cincy based home has been sold all indications are that his intentions are to hold true to his word and…retire/quit?


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One Response to “Bengals Palmer the Meaning of the Word “Quitter””

  1. Chris Bach says:

    One other way to look at it is to ask yourself “Why try if you’ve determined that you’ll never have a chance at a championship?”.

    He and Cedric Benson seem to agree that Palmer shouldn’t be with the team if his heart isn’t in it. It’s impossible for someone who doesn’t believe in his organization’s commitment and plan to convincingly pretend otherwise. If he views this team as hopeless, it would be more cowardly to keep getting paychecks and pretending to believe.

    We’ve now had two ex-Bengals – Esiasan and Dave Rimington – come out and say that, at least 28 years ago, the team wasn’t interested in competing. Maybe the situation hasn’t really improved.