- Linebacker Derrick Morgan has played his entire NFL career for the Tennessee Titans.
- Morgan plans to get into real estate during his retirement.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Derrick Morgan, starting linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, announced his retirement via an Instagram post after nine seasons with the team. Morgan finished out his four-year contract worth $27 million last season. Once his contract was up, Morgan realized that the NFL chapter of his life was coming to a close. Rather than become a free agent, he has decided to move on from the game that’s given him so much.
"My purpose in life is bigger than the game," Morgan said to Turron Davenport of ESPN. "What football taught me was the power of influence. My goal is to create better and more meaningful opportunities for marginalized communities to break the cycles of generational poverty and build greater wealth and economic mobility. I feel a deep responsibility to leverage my platform for this."
During his career with the Titans, Morgan was able to build his NFL stats to 44.5 sacks and 305 tackles in the nine seasons he played. His sacks became a record of the sixth most of all time in the shared history of the Titans and the Houston Oilers. He played in a total of 118 games for the Titans. Morgan has many business ventures that he will be pursuing now that he is retired. Real estate is at the forefront, where he’d like to give back to his hometown of Coatesville, Pennsylvania in a big way with some sort of real estate centered endeavor.
Morgan’s Retirement Statement
While Morgan made an announcement of his retirement via twitter and then spoke with ESPN about his posts, his Instagram statement was the first to hit the public.
“I had a strong inclination going into this year that this would be my last. I’ve always said 2 things about my career. 1. I would play as long as it made sense. And 2. I wanted to leave the game on my OWN terms. And over 9y ears, 5 head coaches, 9 surgeries, and seeing a locker room turn over multiple times I am thankful to say that I accomplished both of these goals. It’s been a pure blessing to live out a childhood dream and I’m THANKFUL to the @titansorganization for giving me my shot, my fans, friends, and family over the years who’ve been a huge support and most importantly God for bringing me this far.”
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It’s been real... I’ve been playing this game since I was 9 years old. Over the years it’s brought a lot of struggle, triumph, adversity and joy to my life. It’s help shape me into the man I am today. But for the longest the game was “who I was”..it was my IDENTITY. I didn’t know who Derrick Morgan was outside of this game. I tried to shake this reality in a business that tells you your value IS your performance. However the one thing that helped me evolve as a man over the years was knowing that I couldn’t play this game forever..that there was life after football. I realized early on the importance of this platform and my goal has been to use it for good. I had a strong inclination going into this year that this would be my last. I’ve always said 2 things about my career. 1. I would play as long as it made sense. And 2. I wanted to leave the game on my OWN terms. And over 9years, 5 head coaches, 9 surgeries, and seeing a locker room turn over multiple times I am thankful to say that I accomplished both of these goals. It’s been a pure blessing to live out a childhood dream and I’m THANKFUL to the @titans organization for giving me my shot, my fans, friends and family over the years who’ve been a huge support and most importantly God for bringing me this far. I always hated the word “retire” it insinuates sitting on the beach and playing golf everyday (both good things) but I like the word “transition” better. I’m looking forward to this next phase of life and doing purposeful work through @kngdm_group and helping to create more opportunities for those who are underserved and overlooked. Once again thank you for the support And please stay tuned. I’m just getting started. ✌🏽
The Titans are sad to see Morgan go; however, they knew this day was coming. They’ve gained a handful of linebackers to their roster over the past few seasons, anticipating Morgan’s departure after his four-year contract was up. Let’s hope both Morgan and the Tennessee Titans find future success after parting ways.
Odds For The Tennessee Titans in 2019
The Titans have held a 9-7 record for the last three straight seasons. In the last decade, they’ve made the postseason just once. It is estimated that the 2019 season will give them 8 wins. Tennessee has +635 odds to win the AFC South, which is relective of the team's overall division ranking. The Titans also have +3300 odds to win the AFC Championship. As for the Super Bowl, the Titans have current odds of +7000 at USA online sportsbooks to win it all. Tennessee's first game will be on September 8th at 1:00 pm ET against the Cleveland Browns. The Browns are favored to win with odds of -245 while the Titans are the underdogs with +205 odds. The game will be televised by the CBS network.
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