Terry Crews Defends NFL Player Who Retired, Left Mid-Game of Chargers vs. Bills

Bills' Vontae Davis - Getty - H 2018
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Vontae Davis said he just could not go on, so he stopped.

Vontae Davis of the Buffalo Bills made headlines on Sunday when he abruptly retired mid-game and did not come back to play the second half to face the Los Angeles Chargers. 

The cornerback said later that, after multiple surgeries and playing through injuries, he could no longer go on — and it hit him while he was in action. 

"I meant no disrespect to my teammates and my coaches," he said in a statement. "But I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level. But physically, I know that isn't possible, and I had an honest moment with myself. While I was on the field, I just didn't feel right, and I told the coaches, 'I'm not feeling like myself.'" 

The decision shocked both fans and teammates. Reaction to the moment has been both strong and polarized. 

However, one person squarely in Davis' corner is Terry Crews.

"So much respect. It’s your life. Freedom is never popular but oh so necessary. Blessings to you @vontaedavis," tweeted Crews, who is a former NFL player-turned-actor and currently starring in Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Crews took heat for his backing of Davis; being attack by those who felt the Bills' player quit on his teammates and flaked on his job. 

Crews did not waver. 

"So it’s more dignified if they’d have cut him? It’s not life or death. ITS A GAME," he responded to one criticism of his feelings. "If teams are free to cut, players are free to leave. No judgement," he wrote to another. 

Second-year Bills coach Sean McDermott declined to comment to reporters after the game concerning Davis' actions.

The Bills lost the game, 31-20.