James Thrash To Retire? Freddie Mitchell Eyes Return?

Andrew HollandContributor IJune 6, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 11:  James Thrash #80 of the Philadelphia Eagles scores a touchdown in the 4th quarter putting them ahead 20-6 against the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC playoff game on January 11, 2003 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Washington Redskin wide receiver and former Philadelphia Eagle James Thrash may be forced to retire due a lingering neck injury that may require surgery, according to the Washington Times.

This is what Thrash had to say, according to the Times' article. 

"Right now I'm just trying to get it back to where I feel comfortable," said the 34-year-old Thrash. "If they tell me that I have to have surgery [to be able to play a 13th season], then I'll have to decide what I'm going to do.

"Right now, I'm not looking that far ahead. I've trained so hard my whole life. This is a different challenge. I haven't set [a deadline]. I try to keep open communication with coach [Jim Zorn] so we're on the same page."

Thrash, who was part of a wide receiving corps that still haunts Eagles fans to this day, has hopped around the NFC East for over a decade, enjoying his best seasons as a member of the Eagles.  His best season came in 2001, his first season with the Eagles, when he had 63 receptions for 833 yards and 8 touchdowns.

This caused the Eagles to hold onto Thrash for two more seasons, with his numbers gradually decreasing in each. 

Thrashs' potential retirement has started a wildfire of rumors (mainly stemming from this writer, with absolutely no verifiable source to back this up) about the potential return of the man, myth and legend himself, "Downtown" Freddie Mitchell. 

Jim Zorn is rumored to be backpacking in the Midwest in a search for Mitchell, who was last seen drifting along the open roads, taking random jobs in small towns, and absolutely destroying the local eighth-grade competition in the games after school.