Adam Archuleta is going into broadcasting now and the Washington Post decided to do a piece on him about his football career and now his new one.
The former NFL safety described how unhappy he became with playing football. Archuleta wasn’t really himself anymore when playing in the NFL.
“There was a time when that’s all I was,” the 34-year-old said. “And ultimately I don’t think that’s a very satisfying place to be. It wasn’t for me, anyway.”
Archuleta used to be a pretty good safety when he was with the St. Louis Rams. Archuleta then signed with the Washington Redskins in a six-year, $30 million deal, which made him the richest safety in the league at the time.
That deal ended up being one of the worst moves in Redskins history, but then again, they’ve made much worse free agency moves before.
After the deal, Archuleta’s play declined and basically just became a special teams player after that. Archuleta felt terrible.
“It was like life or death, and when things weren’t going well, I took it like I was dying,” he said. “I fought so hard and was so depressed and messed up that it changed me as a person. It took me a few years to realize that there is more to life.”
It’s nice that he is having a good life now. If I were him, I think it’d be the life for me being paid $30 million to play on special teams. But then again, that’s just me.