But Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis trampled on that sage advice in brutal fashion by retiring during HALF-TIME of his side's National Football League match with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
While the importance of self-care cannot be stressed enough, some of Davis's teammates still couldn't quite grasp the sudden retirement.
Before Davis released his statement, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told reporters at Ralph Wilson Stadium that he had never seen anything like it. They said he's not coming out, he retired.
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"Reality hit me fast and hard: I shouldn't be out there anymore" is one of the funnier lines we could've imagined here.
Davis was the first round pick of the Dolphins in 2009 and played for Miami through 2012. "I meant no disrespect to my teammates and coaches". It's just that he holds himself to a certain standard and he was underperforming. "Team already showing improvement", reads a comment.
The Bills trailed 28-6 at half-time when Davis made his decision.