TAMPA – Like 34-year-old Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 33-year-old Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes has more than likely begun to play what Rodgers referred to this week as the “back nine” holes of his career.
But unlike Rodgers, who says he just made the turn, Grimes may be close to calling it a round and heading to the clubhouse. He all but admitted as much during an interview published in Sports Illustrated this week.
In a piece penned by Jack Dickey that dives deep into Grimes’ relationship with his outspoken wife Miko, Dickey notes that Grimes contemplated retiring from football this offseason.
Grimes is not quoted on the retirement matter, but Dickey suggested Grimes has some issues with the NFL and that he considered jumping to the NBA’s developmental league, which Miko referred to as “a real league.’’
“The NFL doesn’t have a cool vibe,’’ Brent is quoted as saying. “They make everyone look the same with their shoes and socks the same way.’’
Dickey went on to write that whenever Grimes does retire from football, his plan is to join either a bunch of recreational basketball leagues or see if he can indeed land a spot in the NBA G League.
The Bucs can only hope Grimes sticks with football for at least another year or two. After all, he hasn’t been playing at a level that suggests he’s ready for retirement.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Grimes led the league in pass breakups with 24 last year, according to Sportingcharts.com, and tied for the team lead in interceptions with four.
Dickey’s story also notes that since 2013, Grimes has broken up more passes than any other player in the league and has intercepted more (17) than anyone except the Seahawks Richard Sherman.
Sherman, of course, is a household name, and it appears that part of Grimes frustration with the NFL is that he has not gained the same notoriety as Sherman despite playing at the same level.
There’s a reason for that, of course. For starters, Grimes admits he’s a very shy person. Sherman as everyone knows is no such thing. He’s almost as outspoken as Miko, who’s as outspoken as they come.
The other problem is that during his 10 years in the NFL so far, Grimes has played in a grand total of just two playoff games, both with the Falcons (in 2008 and 2010), both losses.
Sherman has played in 12 playoff games in six seasons in the NFL, including two Super Bowls, and he used those appearances to create a stage for himself that constantly demands attention.
Grimes doesn’t have the personality to do that, but if he can help get the Bucs to the playoffs and help them win a game or two while they’re there, perhaps he’ll finally get the national recognition his play warrants.