One day after aging head coach Bruce Arians retired, the Arizona Cardinals’ slightly younger QB Carson Palmer followed suit.
Palmer, who turned 38-years old last week—and missed the final 9 games of the season with a broken arm—has announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the National Football League.
"Over the years, I've had teammates who decided to hang it up and I would ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away," says Palmer. "The answer was almost always the same: You just know. For me that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know."
And he would know better than anyone else—especially all of the doubters who thought his career was over five years ago when he left Oakland with an 8-16 record over two seasons—the worst span of his career.
But he knew better as he rejuvenated his career in Arizona under Arians, thriving in his vertical-passing scheme that centered on his Palmer’s favorite target, and future Hall of Famer, Larry Fitzgerald.
Palmer posted a career best 13-3 record leading the Cards to an NFC West title in 2014 with a 104.6 passer rating and 35 touchdowns—both career highs.
Now, Palmer ends his career with a 92-88-1, 46,247 passing yards, 294 touchdowns, 187 interceptions and an 87.9 passer rating.
He leaves the game 12th all-time in passing yards and touchdowns and more importantly—on his own terms.