After being waived by the San Francisco 49ers last month, former All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has decided to hang up his boots. The 32-year-old, who at his peak was regarded as one of the best shutdown corners in the game, is scheduled to formally announce his decision on Friday at a press conference at the Oakland Raiders’ HQ in Alameda, California.
Asomugha began his career with the Raiders and made his name during his eight-season spell with them. Considered a Raiders great, the team has decided to hand him a one-day deal, so he could end his professional career on their books.
His retirement doesn’t come as a huge shock to anyone as there weren’t going to be any takers for him anyway. The reason his stock plummeted so much is because he failed to maintain his usually lofty standards when he moved from Oakland to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 in search of one last, big payday. In the words of ESPN’s NFL expert Dan Graziano: “Asomugha wasn't a bad player for the Eagles, but he was brought in to be an excellent one -- one of the very best cornerbacks in the entire league -- and he was not that.”
Even dimmer was his seven-month stint with the 49ers, during which he got to feature in just three games before being shown the door last month.
But having said that, there is no denying the fact that when he was good, he was GREAT! Check out some of the highlight plays of his career.