Denzelle Good, the former Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman, was placed on the reserve/retired list, essentially signaling the end of his career. The news surprised many fans and teammates. The next day, on Tuesday, during the day’s press conference, Kolton Miller discussed his old teammates’ abrupt retirement.
What did Kolton Miller have to say?
When asked about his friend’s retirement, Miller spoke highly of him, viewing him as a “great influence and being a hard worker.” The two have been playing together since 2018. At that time, they both joined the squad in different ways. Good joined via free agency and Miller as a draft pick. When they played together, they developed a very strong camaraderie off the field and an even stronger bond when it came to forming a great offensive line.
With the two of them on the field, the offensive line was sturdy, and there were fewer troubles and woes. Now that Good is gone, it presents a whole other next-man-up situation.
Minor setback for a major comeback?
When asked about his retirement, Miller continued, “I hope this is just a minor setback; I know he can possibly return.”
His former teammate did suffer from a variety of ailments during his time with the team. They included contracting COVID in 2020 and tearing his ACL in a Week 1 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Those two things, in just two years, might have an impact on a guy who, regardless of what was thrown at him, worked hard in the face of adversity.
Perhaps he is using his retirement to totally heal, clear his mind, and truly focus on himself. More importantly, doing it without having to worry about the troubles that come with the game of football. He’s making the right choice. Mental health is critical in today’s world. Who knows? He might take this time off and return to them with a stronger and better version of himself.
Whether Good retires entirely or returns to the squad, he will be remembered fondly for his contributions to the Silver and Black.
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