Rashard Mendenhall says he is retiring from the NFL

Al Bello

The former Steelers first round pick was unimpressive in one season in Arizona, and is calling it a career.

It's the perfect ending for an odd career.

Former Steelers first round draft pick, the second first round pick of Mike Tomlin's career as head coach, Rashard Mendenhall, told inquiring teams he will retire from the NFL.

Mendenhall was a productive running back in 2011 before his knee gave out along the sideline after a run in Week 17. The Steelers rode Isaac Redman to 130 yards in a playoff loss the following week to Denver, but Mendenhall was never the same.

After an up-and-down 2012 season in which Mendenhall was never fully healthy, the Steelers allowed Mendenhall to walk, the first time they'd let a first-round pick play through his rookie contract and sign elsewhere since Plaxico Burress left for the Giants in 2005.

Even Burress came back. Mendenhall, it seems, will not.

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