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The Steve Miller Band has been warning us since 1998 that time keeps on slipping into the future
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, no individuals know this better than professional athletes. Time does not care if you were a 10 time All-Star or a role player off the bench, as age will deteriorate your skill and younger players continuously enter the league to take new positions. At some point every professional athlete needs to leave the game they love behind, along with the day-to-day scheduled routine that they have been accustomed to for so many years.
Leaving the game often leaves a void that athletes have difficulty filling. These are the reasons that lead athletes to continue and try to play way past their prime, or seek out coaching jobs. Others, put the skills
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, their dedication and passion that they used to become a world class athlete into other interests.
Success on the rink does not inherently parlay success post retirement. The athletes that succeed are usually the forward thinkers who were aware of their own athletic mortality and were prepared for their life as a "former athlete." The following 15 athletes are ones who left the game and did not look back as they began their lives as 'former athletes."
The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a five-year extension with wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The Rams traded their first- and sixth-round picks in the 2018 draft to the New England Patriots for Cooks and a fourth-round pick earlier this year.
Cooks will replace Sammy Watkins, who left for Kansas City in free agency, and provide a deep threat for quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams, who had the NFL's highest-scoring offense last season.
Cooks was entering the final season of his contract and is happy to be staying in Los Angeles for the next several years.
"I just knew this was a place that I want to be for a really long time," he said. "As far as the years and all of that
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, I just let them handle that, my agent handle that, and just knowing I wanted to be here for a really long time.
"They took care of that in the way they thought was best and we agreed with it. Other than that I'm just excited to get Game One in, let alone years, so that's what I'm focused on now."
Before joining the Rams
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, Cooks played in 58 regular-season games with 46 starts, and had at least 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past three seasons.
The fifth-year pro has 280 receptions for 3,943 yards and 27 touchdowns, and averages 14.1 yards per reception. He had nine 100-plus yard receiving games in 2016 with the New Orleans Saints.
"Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team
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," Rams coach Sean McVay said in a statement. "He's a proven professional in this league, and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. We're excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023."
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