San Diego Chargers' Keenan Allen Wanted to Quit, But Made Right Choice

By Erwin Mendoza
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The San Diego Chargers have something to play for once they kickoff Sunday. One of those Chargers, Keenan Allen, wanted out of the league.

The Chargers’ receiver admitted that quitting was a possibility this season; when Allen spoke to the San Diego Union-Tribune he said:

“(I wasn’t) living up to my expectations of starting. I’ve never been a role player-type guy. Not easy at all … I’ve never had to do it before. I never had to adjust.”

If Allen didn’t get a chance on the field, it was back to Cal and into a music program. With all the depth in August, it’s hard to not believe he wanted out. Allen was projected to be behind what two projected veteran starters, Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander, a healthy Vincent Brown and veteran Eddie Royal. Maybe he really is a Cal-educated smart guy.

This sparked a conversation about Allen’s maturity not deserving anything long-term.

Yeah, right.

This is the top non-story of the week. There’s absolutely nothing behind this story aside from personal frustrations of not achieving self-standards. Allen wants to contribute and perform at the highest level.

The young man isn’t the diva wide receiver — that’s all Dez Bryant.

Just remember Allen is 21. He might be playing a man’s sport, but remember he never had to work really hard at something except this season. Good thing he kept going at his craft and taking advantage of opportunities in front of him. Maybe at the end of his bright career he can go back and work on his other dreams.

Erwin Mendoza is a San Diego Chargers writer for Follow him on Twitter @erwinsports, or add him to your network on Google.

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