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Former USF WR Rodney Adams abruptly retires from NFL after one season

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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It was a heart warming underdog story a year ago at this time, as former USF Bulls wide receiver Rodney Adams was chasing his dream to play in the NFL. He had been impressive at the NFL Scouting Combine and raised money through pledges for his vertical leap and 40 time in Indy for families who had lost a parent or caregiver.

Adams transferred from Toledo to USF and began caring for his 16 year old brother after his mother was killed by a drunk driver in 2013. He eventually, raised $3,000 and then last April was drafted by the Vikings in the fifth round.

The Vikings released Adams during the 2017 season after he had only been active for one game. Then, the Colts put him on their practice squad, and that’s where he was actually re-united with former USF teammate and fellow rookie Marlon Mack. Adams finished out the season on the practice squad and had been signed to a “futures contract.”

However, his NFL career is apparently over after just one season. Or, at least for now.

Tuesday afternoon, the Colts announced that Adams was giving up on football:

By moving him to the “Reserve/Retired List” the Colts would retain Adams’ rights, if he chooses to return.

However, it’s appears by social media and his Youtube account, that Adams has other ambitions, including male modeling, etc. Here’s an example from his Instagram account from this weekend:

The former high school star in St. Pete, Adams had good career with the Bulls in Tampa, leading them with 67 catches in his final season and 16 career TD’s. He showed explosiveness, including on special teams returns and would have seemed to have some value to a team.

However, until we hear from him, it appears that his passion for playing pro football has ended and he’s on to the next step of his adult life.

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  1. Scott Ellis

    April 10, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Good luck to him in whatever he decides to do. Its good that he has positioned himself to have options.

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