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During the madness of yesterday, Cortland Finnegan’s retirement fell by the wayside. Finnegan played cornerback over nine years for the Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams and, most recently, the Miami Dolphins. He was recently cut by the Dolphins to save $5.475 million in cap space.

Finnegan became know for his bad boy mentality as many recognized him as one of the dirtiest players in the game, a description he thoroughly embraced throughout his career.

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As for his retirement, Finnegan is another player that decided to retire over social media, where he released a inspirational quote picture on Instagram with a caption: “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way,” the photo stated.

“Spent 9 years doing something I Loved and it has payed off in so many ways,” the photo’s caption said. “To say I have been blessed is an understatement I am forever thankful.. I have made my share of mistakes and had moments of glory. I even got into a fight in an NFL Game (he hits like a bish). I’m thankful for the friends I made on and off the field, love yAll.. Time to move on and enjoy new people new places and new ideas.. I forgot to thank all the haters, I love yAll to.”

Obviously, the reference to the NFL fight is about the scuffle between Finnegan and Andre Johnson in 2010.

After being at each other’s throats for the entire game, Johnson’s temper boiled over as he ripped Cortland’s helmet off and proceeded to swing wildly at him. Best of all, Finnegan emerged fairly unharmed and proceeded to trash talk him as the two players were separated.

So this final shot at Andre Johnson is classic Cortland Finnegan. And it is great to see that even in retirement, he is as lively as ever. He ends his career with a 2008 Pro Bowl visit, 645 tackles and 18 interceptions.

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