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Updated Nov 16, 2011 - 8:39 pm

Jake Plummer got tired of the NFL, content with new life

Jake Plummer had a 10-year NFL career, one that saw him experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.

As a Cardinal, Plummer guided the team to the playoffs in 1998, the team's first postseason birth since moving to the desert.

His career with the Cardinals lasted another four years, but he did not reach the playoffs again until 2003, as a member of the Denver Broncos. His team reached the AFC Championship Game in 2005, and was rewarded by the team drafting Jay Cutler in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Needless to say, the ups and downs wore on the former ASU star.

"I got to where I got tired of the perfection that was expected non-stop and endlessly," Plummer told Arizona Sports 620's Doug and Wolf. "I wasn't perfect, I never ever claimed to be; I made dumb mistakes. I put our teams in bad situations, but you know I never gave up and I always kept trying.

"Some of those situations we got into, we were able to dig ourselves out of and in turn create a remarkable experience and a big win out of when everyone thought we were done."

Plummer, though, said that last year is really drove him to leave the game.

"No matter what I did it was never good enough," he said. "It just got to be, like, a little too much for me. I thought I could go play in other places, but really, where else is it going to be where they're OK with you making a few mistakes and trusting in the fact that you're a playmaker and you're going to make more plays if given the opportunity?"

Plummer said he got to a point, as a 10-year NFL veteran, where he was unsure of what he was doing in practice.

"I didn't even know where I was supposed to go with the ball because every time I went somewhere with it, it seemed like there was someone else open that I was supposed to go to instead."

So, Jake decided to hang ‘em up.

"I just said, ‘screw this, I don't want to live like this anymore.'"

Plummer got into handball in his post-NFL career, where it's nice to only have to answer to himself.

It makes sense that Plummer left the game, because why keep playing the game if you're not enjoying it? He was just 32-years-old at the time, and still had his whole life ahead of him.


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