Anthony “Spice” Adams announces retirement from football—on YouTube

It's been nine years and about 9 million laughs, but eventually all good things must come to an end.


Chase Hoffberger


Published Mar 25, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 8:40 pm CDT

It’s been nine years and about 9 million laughs, but eventually all good things must come to an end. On Sunday, former Chicago Bears defensive end and all-around funny dude Anthony “Spice” Adams announced that he was retiring from the game of football. 

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The amicable lineman announced his split from the game in a rather expected fashion, turning to YouTube to produce a fake press conference from inside of an empty White Castle restaurant on the outskirts of Chicago.

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“I enjoyed my time in San Francisco and here in Chicago,” Adams says behind a White Castle counter. “Appreciate y’all. Thanks a lot.”

The Detroit native, 32, had actually spent the entire 2012 season out of football, looking for a team that wanted to invest in his boisterous personality and 10.5 career sacks. He used YouTube to help lead that free-agency charge, producing a number of videos that, among other things, showcased his humility, humor, and out-of-this-world athletic ability

The free-agent operation never worked out, but Adams did obtain a pretty solid fanhood online, with more than 260,000 fans turning out for his “Stuff NFL Free Agents Say” video and another 118,000 for “Basketball Is My First Love.”

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“That’s just how I act all the time,” he told the Daily Dot last August. “People don’t get a chance to see it. I would do stuff in the locker room, and I always noticed that people would be taping it and putting on Twitter. It would crack people up. I realized that I should put it all onto a video.”

Adams didn’t announce plans for anything post-football, but you can expect he’ll be around. After all, 300-pound people named Spice who’ve demonstrated a propensity for hamming it up for the camera usually have a tendency to stick around. 

Photo via Anthony Adams/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2013, 11:18 am CDT