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Former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin retired on a more conventional timeline than we’ve seen lately.And he said this week he intends to stay retired.Baldwin told Brady Henderson of ESPN.com that he’s had no second thoughts about his decision to walk away after eight seasons in the NFL.“No Womens Andrew Luck Jersey ,” he said. “I’m done with football.”Injuries forced Baldwin to reconsider the timetable, but he said he started thinking about walking away well before last season. And now, even though he misses the sport, he’s finding new outlets. He’s working with local officials to build a $15 million community/health center for underserved youth in Renton, Washington.“It’s more so that my identity has been wrapped up in football since I was 6 years old,” he said. “Navigating not having that, not having the instant feedback and the false affirmation of what my value was in the world because I had caught touchdowns on some days, I’m navigating that as a human on a very human level.“That process has been challenging to say the least, but it’s also been a rewarding one because it’s allowed me to refocus my passions but also to re-understand who I am in the greater scheme of things and how I fit into the world.”That makes him sound like his former Stanford teammate Andrew Luck, who retired Saturday night after the weight of repeated injuries took a toll on him.“It’s kind of frustrating to watch kind of the commentary that’s been wrapped around Andrew retiring,” Baldwin said. “It’s a point in life that I think everybody reaches Malik Hooker Jersey , whether you’re in sports, entertainment or at a desk job or at a factory. You come to a point where you have to make a decision that is best for your life long-term, and as difficult as that is for people who have been in a realm that has put them on a pedestal, this false affirmation, this false validation that you are a better human being than other people because you catch touchdowns or because you throw touchdowns, it’s hard to pull yourself out of that. . . .“The perspective is, I have to do what’s best for my wife and for my future children, and that comes first. And when you’re faced with the decisions of, ‘Well, if I continue to do this, what is my health going to be like when my child is born? When my kids are old enough to run around and play Andrew Luck Jersey White , am I going to be able to enjoy that experience and have that experience that I envision in my head? Am I going to be able to do that?’ So you come to the proverbial fork in the road as Andrew said, and you have to make a decision. The decision to play football originally and to put everything into it to accomplish these goals and to get money and all the things, that was somewhat selfish. It’s the same thing on this side. It just looks different. It’s all about self-preservation. As I’m trying to articulate it, it’s been a challenge, but I think the most important aspect of all of this is that I can look back, when I’m 60 years old, I can look back and say that I did everything possible to make sure that I was able to pick up my children when they were born, that I was able to run around with them when they were kids and to be there for them cognitively when they’re older and they need their father to be not just a father but their friend as they navigate the world. Those things have been vitally important to me, and those things take precedence over everything else now.”Clearly, Baldwin has put some thought into this, as his former teammate did before making the decision to step away. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck’s retirement is the biggest hit for the Indianapolis Colts.Luck’s most recent snap with the starting offense came in January. His litany of injuries led to his tearful retirement Saturday night Darius Leonard Jersey White , and created a mammoth hole behind center for the Colts.“I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle,” Luck said. “It’s a myriad of issues: calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”Indy’s journey forward will continue without its franchise quarterback, and the hope is Jacoby Brissett — who got plenty of experience in 2017 when Luck sat out — will step up.He’ll need to not only because he’s now the No. 1 QB, but because of what’s happened to the Colts this summer.Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s career scoring leader, missed Indy’s first two preseason games with an injured knee. All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson missed all of last week with a sore ankle and starting defensive end Jabaal Sheard hasn’t practiced since early August because of a problematic knee.So far, the Colts have managed to adapt. But with the Sept. 8 season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers quickly approaching Peyton Manning Jersey , coach Frank Reich needs answers.Even with Luck gone, the Colts insist this season won’t be a repeat of 2017 when they won four games and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. They believe in Brissett , who started 15 games that season, and they have a stronger supporting cast.LINING UPTwo rookies, Nelson at left guard and Braden Smith at right tackle, coupled with the return of center Ryan Kelly and the emergence of right guard Mark Glowinski, helped one of the league’s worst offensive lines in 2017 become a top-five line last season. With all five starters back, the group has a new goal: producing a top-five rushing offense.So far, with Nelson and Kelly (shoulder) battling injuries and left tackle Anthony Castonzo taking extra days off, the line hasn’t looked the same.“We need to be better,” Castonzo said after losing a preseason game at Buffalo. “I think it’s just going to come down to the fundamentals Darius Leonard Jersey , getting back to doing the things you’ve been doing since you were 10 years old: hands inside, moving your feet and just playing better football.”LEONARD’S ENCOREWhat does linebacker Darius Leonard do for an encore after leading the league in tackles and being chosen an All-Pro as a rookie?Achieve higher goals.“I wasn’t named MVP, I wasn’t a Super Bowl champion and I wasn’t a Pro Bowler,” Leonard said. “So there are still goals I didn’t reach last year.”Leonard believes better fundamentals will help him reduce the number of missed tackles and hopes to create more turnovers.DEPTH CHARTDespite Sheard’s injury, the Colts have beefed up their pass rush by singing 2014 NFL sacks champion Justin Houston.The most notable change defensively might be a deep secondary, loaded with talent.Recently re-signed cornerbacks Pierre Desir and Kenny Moore II and second-round draft Rock Ya-Sin, an emerging playmaker, could help the Colts become a top-10 defense.