One of NFL’s Best Claims He’ll Retire in 2025

Feb 5, 2023; Paradise, Nevada, USA; AFC wide receiver Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins (10) runs the ball against the NFC during the first half during the 2023 Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports.

It could be smoke; perhaps best-laid plans. But one of the NFL’s top wide receivers has already found an escape hatch from the sport.

He’s Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, and the speedster claims the 2025 season will be his last in the NFL.

One of NFL’s Best Claims He’ll Retire in 2025

Seemingly out of nowhere Wednesday, Hill told Sports Radio 810, “I’m gonna finish out this contract with the Dolphins, and then I’m gonna call it quits. I want to go into the business side. I want to do so many things in my life, bro.”

Nov 27, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) takes the field prior to a game against the Houston Texans at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports.

“I’m going for 10, man,” Hill added, referencing an even-steven 10 seasons in the NFL. The Kansas City Chiefs found Hill in the 2016 NFL Draft — quite the find — and he since joined the Dolphins via blockbuster trade during the 2022 offseason, a successful transaction for both teams. Hill finished second leaguewide in receiving yards behind Justin Jefferson last year, and Kansas City won the Super Bowl without Hill.

The Chiefs plucked Hill out of the 5th Round seven years ago, and ever since, he’s been the example general managers and fans reference for late-round steals. Around draft time, folks tend to mention “the next Tyreek Hill” late in the draft, and Hill’s performance is never really replicated.

The Hill and Jefferson Race is On
Sep 29, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports.

In seven years, Hill has tabulated 7 Pro Bowls, 4 1st-Team All-Pros, 1 2nd-Team All-Pro, inclusion in the NFL 2010 All-Decade Team, and of course, a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs over the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. And that’s while ranking third in the NFL in receiving yards (8,340), third in receiving touchdowns (63), and fifth in receptions (598) since turning pro. Only Davante Adams and former teammate Travis Kelce have bested the speedy playmaker in most statistical parameters. Hill has played 95% of all games in his career, a hallmark of durability.

During the interview, Hill also mentioned how his Dolphins would take it to the Chiefs in 2023. “Chiefs Kingdom, when the Miami Dolphins come to Arrowhead Stadium this year, guess what we gonna do?”

“Guess what we gonna do? I hate to say it, man. I hate to throw up the peace sign against y’all. I hate to do it! But guess what? I’m gonna be y’all worst enemy that day. I’m gonna be y’all worst enemy that day,” Hill declared.

Jan 8, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley (57) tips a pass intended for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) during the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports.

Hill has faced the Vikings twice in his career, recording 18 catches for 317 yards and a touchdown.

In the immediacy of the announcement, many Dolphins fans believed, perhaps hoped, Hill’s words would be inconclusive.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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