When Robert Smith announced his retirement at the end of the 2000 season after leading the NFC in rushing, it caught everyone off guard. He was in the prime of his career and an important part of the Minnesota Vikings offense, but he sought to pursue a career in medicine and avoid sustaining any additional serious football related injuries.
Although Robert hasn’t become a world famous doctor, he created a strong second career for himself as a football analyst. For the past eleven years he’s contributed to a myriad of football programs on ESPN including most recently College Football Live.
However, all good things must come to an end. Earlier today Robert revealed on Twitter that he would not be contributing to the network’s programming in 2016.
Where Smith goes next is unclear but an eleven year run with the worldwide leader in sports is a great run, and one that lasted even longer than his NFL career. We wish him all the best as he pursues his next opportunity.