Arian Foster admitted that he considered leaving football, in an interview with Hannah Storm (ESPN).
Storm: Was there ever a point when you wondered about your future in the game? When you thought, what am I doing here?
Foster: Absolutely. Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that — a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season — you kind of re-evaluate your life. You see what’s really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grand kids when you’re 50, 60 years old. People die on the football field. This is a really brutal sport. Going through an injury like that, being 27 years old, I’m young, still I’m at the prime of my career. Is it worth it to try to come back?
Arian Foster, 27 (soon to be 28), rushed for just 542 yards last season, after undergoing back surgery that limited his 2013 season to just 8 games.
The Texans All-Pro running back hasn’t had the best offseason and preseason. He dealt with off-the-field issues earlier this offseason, and is now nursing a minor hamstring injury early in camp.
Foster also recently gave the same answer over 10 different times in an interview with local media last week, something that several in the media were upset about.
Whatever Foster’s deal is, the Texans need him completely healthy for the 2014 season. He is due $5.75 million this season, and another $12.5 million the following two seasons.