The NBA’s most infamous moments are the ones that begin with “I can’t do this anymore. I quit, goodbye!” The lesson is as clear-cut as it comes: quitting your team will instantly protect you from all future criticism and numb the sting of each blow to your ego. For LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul, however, his decision was not about escaping criticism or making a grand gesture. In fact, he didn’t even know what he wanted when he decided on walking away from basketball in 2016.;

The “i’m out of here meaning” is a term that is used in sports. It means the athlete or team member is done and they are not going to continue to play.

‘I’m Out of Here; I Can’t Do This'

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  • Joe Montana is a character in the film Joe Montana is a character in the film Joe Montana is a character in the film Joe Montana, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback, only spent one season at NBC Sports.
  • The icon of the San Francisco 49ers stated that he planned to retire halfway through Super Bowl 30.
  • In 2021, Montana said that he did not feel comfortable criticizing opposition players.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana is a character in the film Joe Montana is a character in the film Joe Montana is a character in the film Joe Montana likely checked every box NBC Sports had when he was hired as an analyst in 1995, given his intellectual background as a Notre Dame graduate, his NFL pedigree as a four-time Super Bowl champion, and the simple fact that he could put two coherent sentences together.

There was only one issue. Montana had the credentials and the charisma to appear on television as an overnight sensation, but he quickly realized he wasn’t made out for the job.

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Montana’s time on NBC, in retrospect, was always bound to fail from the outset. Because he didn’t want to go from California to New York every week, the two-time NFL MVP only worked nine games on NBC’s pregame show, including six during the regular season.

Montana collaborated with Greg Gumbel, ex-Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, ex-Washington Commanders head coach Joe Gibbs, and four-time Pro Bowl receiver Ahmad Rashad when he did travel. In a 2021 interview with Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady claimed he appreciated the companionship but not the on-air experience.

Montana stated he acknowledged halfway through Super Bowl 30 that broadcasting wasn’t for him, despite the fact that he completed the season. Montana claimed he stressed the importance of the Pittsburgh Steelers stopping the Dallas Cowboys at the pre-halftime meeting. Someone advised him, though, not to mention it on the radio.

Okay, that’s OK. Montana could live with it, but he couldn’t believe it when another analyst — he didn’t say who, but it wasn’t Ditka — made the identical remark Montana did at the meeting and there were no repercussions. 

That was the last straw for Montana, who no longer wanted anything to do with television or NBC Sports.

“At halftime, I dialed my wife’s number.” ‘I quit,’ we all said, holding our phones up to our ears. ‘I’m getting out of here; I’m not up to it.’

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Montana announced his retirement in February 1996, according to SF Gate, in order to spend more time with his family. NBC replaced Montana with Cris Collinsworth, a former Cincinnati Bengals receiver who is best known for his role as a veteran color commentator on Sunday Night Football.

Montana rapidly understood that he wasn’t the best candidate for the job.

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Montana had no desire to be the grouchy past athlete who sneered at current players. He even informed Marchand that he didn’t want to criticize anybody.

Montana said that his hesitation to criticize players, many of whom he’d either played with or against in a 16-year career, proved to be a huge hurdle during his short stint at NBC.

“I’ve heard men say things like, ‘He did this,’ and ‘He did that.’ ‘How do you know he did [what] that offensive does, or what the defense does, or who made the mistake?’ I ask. Because I had it made on me so many times, making that type of judgment wasn’t fair to the players.”

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Montana has appeared in several interviews and films after his retirement, but he has never returned to broadcasting in any form. It was more than enough with nine games and $400,000 on the line.

Montana’s replacement, Steve Young, didn’t seem to have Montana’s enthusiasm for broadcasting.

When you hear Montana’s name almost 30 years after his last NFL game, two former 49ers spring to mind: Jerry Rice and Steve Young, both of whom went on to work for ESPN. Rice worked as an analyst throughout the 2011 and 2012 seasons before departing before the 2013 season.

Young, on the other hand, started as a part-time employee at ESPN in 2000 and became a full-time employee a year later. As of this writing, the three-time Super Bowl winner was still employed by ESPN and was a panelist on Monday Night Countdown.

Young, unlike Montana, has never shied away from criticizing contemporary players and coaches. In October 2021, he chastised the Pittsburgh Steelers management for failing to having a backup plan in place if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn’t perform well in his age-39 season. Young made it apparent two years ago that he didn’t agree with then-Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s decision to seek a trade after a Week 2 defeat.

On Monday Night Countdown, Young stated, “[The NFL] is going to have to get together as a league and say, ‘We’re not going to do this,’ because it would be nuts.” “Every guy on a poor squad is like, ‘Get me out of here,’” says one player.

To his credit, Young has stayed at ease in his own skin and obviously likes expressing his opinions. Montana, at the very least, was self-aware enough to see that he wouldn’t be comfortable doing the same.

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