Chris Gamble Retires from NFL

By Kyle Rowland on March 11, 2013 at 11:57a

Former Ohio State wide receiver/cornerback Chris Gamble has decided to retire after nine NFL seasons. The 29-year-old was recently released by the Carolina Panthers, where he has spent his entire career. Gamble owns franchise records for most passes intercepted and most passes defended. He figured to be a highly sought-after free agent. 

His agent, Carl Poston, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that Gamble decided to retire rather than enter the market.

“A number of teams have expressed interest in Chris Gamble,” Poston said. “However, Chris informed me last night that he wants to retire. Even though he still loves football, he told me that he’s decided to focus on life after football. Chris has been a class act. I have represented him for nine years, ever since he came out of Ohio State. He’s been an ideal client and he was one of the best corners in game.

“He’s doing it the right way. He has taken care of his money and his investments to retire successfully, and now I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Gamble had 27 interceptions, 94 passes defended, 508 tackles, one sack and two touchdowns during his nine-year career. He's well-known in Columbus for his role on the 2002 national championship team at Ohio State. Gamble's interception return for a touchdown against Penn State that season was one of the highlights of the season and is still remembered as one of the great moments in Ohio Stadium history. 


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awwwwwwop's picture


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rdubs's picture

If only more professional athletes were like him.  Good for him for taking care of himself.  9 years in the NFL can take a huge toll on your body and stepping out now can only improve your long term quality of life as long as you take care of your finances.  I would love to see him come back and contribute to OSU in some way.

OSUStu's picture

This is surprising.  However, he has earned retirement and a life after football if that is what he wants.
Congratulations to him on a great career.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Dean's picture

Glad to hear he's set himself up for a comfortable retirement, and I agree with RDubs - hard to fault the guy for wanting to take care of his body.  Here's hoping he comes back to tOSU to help out.

LouGroza's picture

It is great to hear that he has successfully planned for retirement. So many sad stories of these guys being broke at that time. Time to start another chapter in life and hopefully, he has good health to do it with. Good luck in your future, Chris, and thanks for all the great memories.

sharks's picture

As much as I want him in brown and orange, its hard to blame a guy for walking away rich (with his knees and head still as intact as possible).

A man got to have a code...

spqr2008's picture

If he comes back to coach with KFC, the secondary better watch out!  He'll show them how its done.

Baroclinicity's picture

Was not expecting this.  But I have respect for going out on your own terms.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Awesome player, awesome guy.
I sat next to Chris in a history class my freshman year  and dude was always a down to earth, easy going person and talked to EVERYONE. You would never think he was a football player in terms of arrogance, douchiness whatever. 
I'm glad he's *walking* away from the game while he still can, and knowing Chris...he's stashed EVERY bit of that 23 mil he was guaranteed lol.

toad1204's picture

That 7:30 class was a B but there were alot of football players in it.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

SMP's picture

I agree with all statements above and am glad Chris has planned financially, leaving on the top of his game and did this playing for just one team.  Not many NFL players can make that same statement. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

"“He’s doing it the right way. He has taken care of his money and his investments to retire successfully, and now I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Write a book Chris and force rookies to read it NFL. If this is true, hats off to him for being a good statistic, not a bad one. Beyond impressed that he was able to do it smart in after a medium sized NFL career.

AndyVance's picture

Right on - it'll be fascinating to see what his "second act" turns out to be... At his young age, he has a lot of career left doing something else, be it getting in front of the camera on ESPN, CBS or FOX, writing that book you mentioned, or coming back and getting a job at Ohio State (Archie, Eddie, Troy, Vrabel, etc.).
The comments about his investments are interesting, and got me thinking. From what I've read, his contract extension in '08 guaranteed him $23 million (it was something like $56 million over 6 years, I think). If you assume 40% was eaten up in taxes and that he spent at least a quarter of it living the lifestyle of an average NFL superstar, he could have banked a good $5.75 million or so. If he's invested it in such a way that it yields a not-too-shabby 5%, that would be a healthy $287,500 salary. Then again, my calculations of what he saved and his return on investment could be really, really pie-in-the-sky.

BrewstersMillions's picture

What ends up doing most of these guys in isn't what they invest their money in-more often than not a lot of these guys do get the right people in charge of their money. Yes there are cases of appointing the uncle or nephew or cousin or something who promises %60 returns on some pie in the sky idea, but a lot of these dudes do find the right people to run their financials.
A former co worker of mine's father in law is a money manager for a good sized firm in the Chicagoland area. He said his firm out right denies athletes of all walks. Think about that-Chicago, Illinois-the local market is generally ripe with some of the highest paid players in every sport in which Chicago has a team and the firm will not take anyone from the Bulls 12th man to the Bears starting QB (caveat-Smokin Jay Cutler needs not a money manager). He says its because they are all ears when they are playing. Anything a money manager tells them, they will often times do-but when the career is over and the big time money stops rolling in, these guys can't dial their lifestyle back. You used a very likely scenario for a guy like Gamble-$287,000 a year. There isn't anyone on this site that would turn that away because we could all live like kings on money like that and still be set for life-but when your lifestyle is accustomed to $3.5 million (and up), $287k is chump change. That's when these guys piss through their money-they have it all set up perfectly but want to live their old life on their new income.

AndyVance's picture

You hit the nail on the head (again) with what I was thinking in my comment. Raking in $287k is a sweet salary for most, but not for those "living the NFL lifestyle," as MoC once put it. So generally speaking, they need to do something else to keep living large... Perhaps that's sitting behind the sports desk or doing color for games, but it probably needs to be something.
You're not going to make it living a $3.5 million/year lifestyle for 40 years if you're living off the $23 million you made (most of which got eaten in taxes or spent on living the aforementioned lifestyle) during your years in the league.
The angle about your Chicago money manager is a perfect illustration, and blows my mind that they're disciplined enough to say no to those guys. Amazing on both ends.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Damnit..... Good luck Gamble. Good to hear he is doing things the right way. Perfect representative to football. 
I just bought a sweet poster/board for my future mancave that commemorates the 2002 bucks with 14-0 on the front and all the scores at the bottom. Such a stacked team. 
Good luck, good Sir.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Bucks43201's picture

Chris Gamble retires


This makes me feel really old

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Me too!
...and I'm "only" 31!

steensn's picture

30 here, crazy when you put it into perspective. In any other industry he's still a young up-and-comer (as are we). We typically start calling them kids after a year or two after their rookie season, but most of these guys would be considered "kids" by 50 year old in any other setting. Kinda crazy...

J.Mo's picture

I was a Freshman when he had his INT against Penn State. I think Gamble was only a sophomore then. I feel old too...

Buckeyeneer's picture

A great career even if he physically should have more left in the tank.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Good Luck to Chris in whatever he does next! He'll always be remembered as a great Buckeye, and I'll miss rooting for him on Sundays as I do all NFL Buckeyes.

BUCKfutter's picture

More power to him.  I think this will be the trend with talented, smart NFL players in the coming years.  Set yourself up comfortably for life, and get out before you're too beat up to enjoy it.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Hovenaut's picture

A great Buckeye, good luck in your future endeavors CG.

Alice in Aggieland's picture

One of my all-time favorite Buckeyes. So much so, my parents have a heifer named Gamble running around the farm.

Grayskullsession's picture

What a shocker. Cant believe its already been 9 years.

"if irony were made of strawberries, we' d all be drinking a lot of smoothies right now."

onetwentyeight's picture

He's getting out before his brains have been totally mashed to pieces but after he's made the money. Smart move. 

MN Buckeye's picture

I am surprised he is retiring, as he is still at the top of his game.
But I respect his decision.  He has played longer than many elite players and is a great character guy.  He was the only reason to watch Carolina.

DJ Byrnes's picture


Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

That was great. I was there and that was perhaps the loudest I've heard the shoe.

Gamble is one of my all time favorite Bucks.

thePhilipJFry's picture

He was fun to watch.
I had high hopes that the Bengals would draft him, even jumped up out of my seat excited when the man at the podium said the Bengals select Chris . . . then he said Perry and I knew more bad things were in store for Cincinnati.  Gamble went two picks later and played in 88 more games than Perry.  I hate the Bengals.

Poison nuts's picture

As much as I'd love to see him go on, I also think it's very cool that he was able to retire comfortably at a young age. He had a good career, was quiet, stayed away from the bad headlines & did his thing, & leaving while still pretty damn young. I admire him & wish him the best.

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scc8t's picture

Hope he changes his mind and plays for a few more years.  Make a few more bucks while he can.  

steensn's picture

+1 everyone that give him props for taking care of his money. Gotta love a guy who doesn't get all stupid and blow it all.