An Honorable Sendoff: Stay Golden, Johnny Knox

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Associated Press, CHICAGO — Former Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox says he’s giving up football.

The Bears terminated Knox’s contract Tuesday after he missed this past season recovering from a back injury. Knox told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday that his career is over and he’s “moving on and going forward.” Knox says he won’t be able to perform with the same ability he used to have.

Knox says he knows “things will work out for the best” and added he has no hard feelings toward the Bears.

Take note GMs of the NFL. Actually, scratch that. Employers around the world, of any variety, take note: this is what happens what you let a pud like Caleb Hanie represent your organization. I don’t care that Knox was injured while trying to recover a teammate’s fumble.  Sure, Hanie might not have led Knox over the middle and got him decapitated by that Seattle linebacker but I’m willing to bet that he he threw some piss poor excuse of a wobbly pass to whoever fumbled the ball, leading them to inevitable demise. Then, Johnny tries to sack up and cover for his boy and next thing he knows he’s shaped like a pretzel and has to shit in a bedpan for eight months. Johnny plays hero ball, he only knows one gear, and now his only career option is Stephen Hawking’s stand in. So for that, I say ‘Fuck You’ Caleb Hanie. For the sake of the Denver Broncos organization my only hope is that Brock Osweiler steps his game up and solidifies the backup QB spot so that Elway can send you to the CFL.

Obviously, I don’t care for Caleb Hanie. A very promising 2011 Bears season went right down the drain when he took over for Jay Cutler. The guy’s brutal.  But on a serious note, I feel terrible for Johnny Knox.  Kid was a young, athletic, hard-working receiver from a small college (powerhouse Abiline Christian) who got his big break after first just trying to make the Bears roster. By all accounts he’s a great locker room guy and by his third season he had become a focal point of Chicago’s offense.  He and his blazing speed came up huge for two seasons in which the Bears offense had almost no firepower. Knox was our firepower. But then, Caleb Hanie and his curse took over and Knox will never play football again.

Given how bad his injury was, I’m sure Johnny has known for a while that he wasn’t going to come back.  But as long as you’re on an NFL roster, you’re not gonna totally give up on the dream. Even with all the doubts in the world, and especially when you’re still getting paid, a competitor like Knox is not gonna hang em up unless he truly can’t go anymore.  Wheter or not he knew ahead of time that the move was coming, getting cut by the Bears must have been a gutshot.  It’s a move that had to be made, but it’s tough to swallow for Knox. Making a comeback and getting a couple more seasons at the veteran minimum would be nice, if nothing else.  Luckily for Johnny, though, the Bears sent him off right.  He’ll still get paid for the last year of his $1.26 million contract.  So at least there’s that.

In the end, it’s a rough way to end your career.  He seems like a good guy so hopefully he’ll put his check to good use and not end up on the updated edition of “Broke”.  Johnny, for your short time with the Bears you were my favorite player to watch.  You were a speed demon, juked guys out of their cleats, and could jump with the best of ’em. But you were also light-skinned enough that I almost identified with you. For that, sir, I salute you.

-MF

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