James Develin announced today that he is retiring from the NFL. The 2nd team Fullback of the 2010s NFL All-Dozo/All-Decade team is calling it quits after 10 NFL seasons; 8 with the Patriots (including every regular and post season game of his career). Not bad for an undrafted D-end out of Brown.
TBH at first before I read the whole thing, I scrolled to the end and saw "...and I didn't hear no bell". I was like "oh sick another Patriot announcing he's going to another team" but then a split second later logic set in.... James Develin is a fullback and just missed nearly an entire season; this is a retirement post. (Plus I actually read the post) Mid-blog PS; interesting to see an Ivy League Grad to use a double-negative. #fuckrules
James Develin was one of the most underappreciated members of the second-leg of the double dynasty. As the Pats starting fullback from 2013-2019 Develin won three Super Bowls and played in a 4th. Injuries cost James his entire 2015 season and the majority of 2019, so if you wanna do some simple math...the Patriots made the Super Bowl 80% of the seasons Develin made 16 starts....including four straight from 2014; 2016-2018. There had been talks of who was really more important... Edelman or Gronk? amongst Patriot fans since both ended up missing significant time and entire Super Bowl runs during the double-dynasty, but it looks like the fuuuullllllllbaaaaccckkk might've been the most valuable after that stat.
As a writer I loved the "something I know a little about" line. I'm a sucker for dads being soft. Congrats on a great career, James. Stinks it ended this way, but that's the nature of the beast. It seems like you have your health for the most part; enjoy retirement with your family. I'm sure if you need a job CSN Boston will let you wear a polo in the pre-season.