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Jeremy Maclin issues official statement on his retirement from the NFL

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Jeremy Maclin says injuries, mental strain as reasons for his retirement

Maclin’s retiremenet from the NFL leaked at the end of March in a video at his wife’s baby shower; it was later confirmed — but Maclin himself didn’t issue a statement until Thursday.

He did that in a (hard-to-read) Twitter graphic:

Maclin says the thought-process began after the Chiefs released him — via voicemail — after which the “mental part got extremely challenging” for him.

Since then, Maclin has had a litany of knee and hamstring injuries, which have not healed and still limit him.

When Maclin begins to give his thanks, he starts with his “Mizzou family,” specifically Gary Pinkel, Andy Hill and Cornell Ford for “staying on me” — referencing his initial commitment to Oklahoma before he switched to Missouri and became a legend in Columbia.

It’s certainly sad to hear about Maclin’s injuries, but here’s to him living a comfortable post-football life with his family.

Thanks for all the memories, J-Mac!

Sophie Cunningham ties for seventh at 3-point contest

Unfortunately, this was out of eight participants, but it was great to see Cunningham in her Mizzou jersey for one last time.

Mizzou’s offering way more than the spring game on April 13

This is some serious cross-department synergy here. Instead of just focusing on the athletic side of the school on April 13th — the date of the Black and Gold Game — Missouri is planning over 100 events that highlight every aspect of the school.

They’re calling it “Show Me Mizzou Day” and you can check out all the featured events here.

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More Links:

  • Mizzou softball hosts a tournament this weekend and will have games against Pittsburgh and Oregon; baseball gets Kentucky this weekend and we’ll have a preview up in just a few hours (depending on when you’re reading this).
  • Sam Vecenie of The Athletic updated his NBA Draft Big Board, and Jontay Porter checks in at No. 43. That’s a plunge of 22 spots from Porter’s projection in Vecenie’s last Big Board at the begining of April.
  • Nate Burleson of the NFL Network broke down Drew Lock’s skillset and whether he will be a lock for the Top 10 in this video:

At the same time, Lock seems to continued to be most often projected to the Broncos at No. 10, and bets are starting to hinge on that:

  • Jon Gilliam has resigned from Pittsburg State, apparently unrelated to the on-going investigation of the alleged use of a racial slur during a game this year. Gilliam was a staffer at Missouri under Kim Anderson, and followed Anderson to Pitt State after Anderson’s firing.