The lifespan of an NFL star’s career is relatively short, remarkably averaging just two-to-three seasons, so those lasting a lot longer can be thankful for the extended careers that they’ve enjoyed.
In the end, though, there’s always a time to call it a day and experienced cornerback Brandon Flowers intends to announce his retirement today at the age of 31.
After nine seasons playing in the NFL, the former San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs ace intends to call it a day after being released the Chargers in March after a season that was plagued by injuries and saw him feature in just six games during 2016.
Drafted as the 35th pick in 2008 by the Chiefs, Flowers spent five seasons with San Diego before moving to Kansas in 2014 as a free agent and ends his career with 21 interceptions, four touchdowns and one Pro Bowl nomination.
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On top of his 21 interceptions, Flowers also boasts 110 pass deflections and 487 tackles; showing that he’s a capable defending dealing with threats both in the air and on the ground.
The highlight of his career will be winning the NCC division title with the Chiefs in 2007, the first time the franchise had clinched a division title in four-years, and one that the side didn’t win again until 2010.
Flowers had remarkably started 30 of the 31 games he played with the Chargers but the release earlier this year saw around $7m made available in wages, which will be used to help the San Diego side build for the future in an attempt to end their eight-year wait for a division title.
The cornerback’s stand-out moment from his career will certainly be the second interception of his career in October 2008 against the New York Jets, where he returned the ball for a 91-yard touchdown.