We have another significant retirement in the National Football League as Buffalo Bills Guard Richie Incognito announced his retirement from the game due to health issues. He had indicated last season that he might play one more season but after meeting with his doctor he elected not to continue.
A 3rd Round Draft Pick in 2005 by the St. Louis Rams, Incognito would crack the roster in the 2006 season and he would start every game albeit at three different positions (Center, Left Guard and Right Guard). He would settle in at the Right Guard slot and fared well, however he was one of the most penalized players in the league in 2009, many of which were silly penalties due to his inability to control his anger. This was not a surprise to many who had followed the Offensive Lineman throughout his career as he was involved in numerous fights during his time at the University of Nebraska and was kicked off the team. The Rams and their coach, Steve Spagnuolo grew tired off Incognito and would be placed on waivers. The Buffalo Bills would claim him and he played the last three games of the season there.
Incognito would sign with the Miami Dolphins for one season and after a respectable performance as their starting Left Guard and would promptly be signed to a three year deal shortly after. In that timeframe he would earn his first Pro Bowl Selection (2012), though he made more headlines by being accused by teammate Jonathan Martin of excessive bullying and he was suspended by the Dolphins midway through the 2013 season.
After sitting out the 2014 season, Incognito would resign with the Buffalo Bills and would arguably go on the best run of his career. From 2015 to 2017, Incognito would be named a Pro Bowler and would start every game for the organization.
With four Pro Bowls and 150 Games in the NFL Richie Incognito retires with a very good (though certainly controversial) career.
While he is unlikely to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame he would be eligible for Canton in 2023.