Jay Cutler is leaving the NFL in pursuit of a broadcasting career with Fox Sports.
News broke early Friday morning that the infamous Chicago Bears gunslinger had chosen the broadcasting booth over the football field.
Cutler released the following statement to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo:
“Words can’t express how grateful I am to everyone who helped me along my journey. I started playing tackle football at the age of 10 and was so lucky to have supportive parents and great coaches along the way that made my path possible.
If I listed each person individually, this would quickly turn into an essay, but you know who you are and I wouldn’t be in this situation without you. So thank you.
To my parents, my sisters, my wife and kids — thank you for putting your wants and needs on the back burner while I played a game every Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
You made it all possible. I recently read a quote that struck a cord with me at the time. It was attributed to Henry Rollins (but with the internet these days, you an never be too sure who really said it). ‘I did that, I gave everything I had to give to that. Now, if I returned to that it would be repetition — it might be fun repetition, but it wouldn’t be meaningful repetition.’ Thank you to everyone along the way. You made my dream come true.”
The Vanderbilt University product was famous around the league for his attitude on the field, and fearless ability to throw to a receiver, regardless of how blanketed the guy might be.
Perhaps the greatest Cutler story ever is the fact he proposed to his wife Kristin Cavallari via text message. The former Bears quarterback might be hanging up the cleats, but his legend will live on in the hearts of NFL fans for a very long time.