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Rashard Mendenhall is a player who Eric Weems Jersey retired early (26) mainly because of his interests outside of football. He likes to read, and especially likes to write considering he contributes to the HBO show “Ballers.“Coming out of college, teams were concerned about his off-field interests. Speaking to MEL Radio, Mendenhall said teams were worried about him having thoughts that didn’t always pertain to football.ARCHIVES: SN names the smartest athletes | NFL players who retired young"When I was going through the NFL Combine there was a team that asked me, ‘If you have all these other interests like reading, dancing or art what makes you a football player?‘There is this idea of what a football player is and what he looks like. Especially playing in a place like Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are such a part of the history of the town; the fans live, die and breathe it.“While I respected that culture totally and knew that I was a part of it, it was tough for me personally. I would tweet a picture of a book that I was reading and there would be people Logan Ryan Jersey  who would write, like, ‘Why are you reading books? You should be reading a playbook.‘I was like, ‘Dang, this is the offseason.‘Its just crazy that like it was a bit much for me. I felt hemmed in; I wasnt able to fully be me and expre s myself, because if I did, people questioned my love of the game. That was always a tough thing for me.“Maybe they were right, considering Mendenhall did retire early, but when he was playing he was all-in. In the three seasons Corey Davis Jersey  from2009-11, the running back put up3,891 combined rushing and receiving yards and scored 30 total touchdowns. If he read a few books during the offseason, who cares? He was a solid contributoron the field when he was there.MORE: NFL’s most surprising retirements |Notable sports retirements of 2016Host John McDermott pointed out how front offices often complain about players who are out all night at the clubs, but that’s not always the reality. Instead, they’re worried about someone who has other interests.“As much as they say, ‘We dont want Jack Conklin Jersey  a guy whos in trouble, blah, blah, blah,‘that guy is familiar to them,” Mendenhall said. “He is comfortable to them because they understand him better than a football player who has different interests. A guy with an expanded worldview, now thats fearful.“You can listen to Mendenhall’s full interview below, in which he also discu ses being a writer on “Ballers.”                  What a modern-day Renai sance man.