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Knowshon Moreno takes to Twitter to refute retirement rumors

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The career of an NFL tailback is often, with apologies to Thomas Hobbes, nasty, brutish, and short. About 3-5 years to be exact. After that the ravages of a game which sends 270 pound human missiles aiming for your knees usually takes its toll. And that's before you consider the effects of injuries that can rob a player of speed and elusiveness, the two attributes which most readily assist with dodging human missiles.

Knowshon Moreno has had a bit of a rough go of it in that last respect, suffering a torn ACL in 2011 and a dislocated elbow in 2014, among other dents and dings along the way. He missed the entire 2015 season after playing in only three games for the Dolphins in 2014. I'd love to see Knowshon catch on somewhere this season. But it's tough being a veteran running back in the NFL. There are a lot of guys who've run for 1,000 yards in an NFL season, because there are a lot of guys capable of it given a sufficient number of carries. Colleges keep pumping out those guys on a yearly basis. While true bookend left tackles and reliable quarterbacks are rare as hens teeth, serviceable tailbacks aren't that rare. Given the choice, NFL General Managers will choose the 23 year old tailback over the 29 year old every time.

If for some reason Knowshon doesn't make it back on the field this season, I cannot think of another guy who I'd want more to come back and find a role in Athens with the Bulldog football team, whether in the weight room, on the field, or in the dormitories.