Willie Colon watched his friend D'Brickashaw Ferguson walk away from football, capped by a celebration of a terrific 10-year career at the New York Jets' facility.
Retirement might be fine for Ferguson. Not so much for Colon. Not yet, anyway.
"The fire and the want-to to play the game is still very much bright and fiery in my heart," Colon said Thursday after Ferguson's retirement news conference.
"Now, we all know your body might have a different answer for you, but I'm going to exhaust all options and squeeze the limit out of me and if I can't get back on the field, I'm OK with that.
"But I can't go to bed at night knowing I didn't absolutely exhaust every option given to me out there."
Colon turned 33 last Saturday and was limited to just six games last season after going on injured reserve last November because of a chronic knee injury. He's also without a contract as a free agent, but hasn't ruled out a return to the Jets.
"I just hope they haven't ruled me out," he said. "I don't mind being Bull Durham, you know, the old guy on the club." >> Read more