Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer announced his retirement from the NFL today in a letter tweeted out by the Cardinals twitter feed.
An open letter from Carson Palmer.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 2, 2018
“Over the years, I’ve had teammates who decided to hang it up and I’d ask them how they knew when it was time to walk away,” Palmer wrote. “The answer was almost always the same: You just know. For me, that time is now. Why? Quite simply, I just know.”
Palmer was selected first overall in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals after having a successful career in college at USC.
After not playing a snap his rookie year, he took over the starting QB reigns in 2004 and remained a starting quarterback for the rest of his 15-year career.
Former USC quarterback Matt Barkley tweeted his congrats to Palmer on retirement.
Congratulations Carson Palmer on a tremendous career! It was a pleasure to play with and learn under you.. Fight On Forever!! ✌?
— Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley) January 2, 2018
Palmer’s faith in Christ is strong and he told Sports Spectrum in 2010 that his faith began when he was a child, but it was when he made the decision for himself that things began to change.
“I grew up in the church. Once I started having a personal relationship with Christ, it became easy from there. Here I am today married with kids, 10 month old twins and trying to raise them to love God and really haven’t looked back since.”
Palmer talked about prayer and how he goes about praying before each game.
“As a team, we pray before every game. Somebody picks a verse. Different guys come up with different verses depending on the mood.”
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Carson played 7 seasons with the Bengals, 2 with the Raiders and then finished out his final 5 seasons with the Cardinals.
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) January 2, 2018
His best season came in 2015, when Palmer threw for a career-best 4,671 yards and 35 touchdown passes in leading Arizona to a 13-3 season and the NFC Championship game.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson tweeted his best wishes to Palmer on his retirement.
Came across this photo I took of you two a few years back. Thought I’d share. ?? pic.twitter.com/XHwsgW29xn
— Benj Haisch (@benjhaisch) January 2, 2018
Palmer’s season ended with a arm injury in an October loss to the Rams in London, England as the Cardinals finished 8-8 in 2017.