Chargers WR Keenan Allen thought about retiring this season

Dec 22, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates after a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Currently leading the San Diego Chargers in reception yards and touchdowns, Keenan Allen is having a rookie season to remember. But it almost never happened as the former Cal Bear told the San Diego Union Tribune recently that early in the season, he thought about quitting football as he wasn’t part of the Chargers game plan.

Despite the Chargers losing wide receiver Danario Alexander to an August season-ending injury, Allen saw zero offensive snaps in a season-opening loss to the Texans.

“After I didn’t play after that first game, I was about another snap away of not playing from quitting,” Allen said.

He doesn’t know, he says, how he would have told the Chargers.

So what was Allen’s plan, had he hung up the cleats? A return to Berkley where he intended to finish obtaining his degree and eventually move into music production.

Thankfully (at least for the Chargers), Allen did quickly crack the rotation and is now in the race for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award as the Bolts attempt to sneak (with help) into the final AFC playoff spot.

Topics: Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

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  • Bill Nichols

    Being on the verge of quitting because of lack of playing time isn’t really what bolts fans want to hear. He is a rookie after all. Good thing it has all worked out.

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