Rarely do we delve into opinion here (purposely), but when a Houston Dynamo legend such as Brad Davis retires as a member of the Houston Dynamo, we will honor him.

Today, Brad Davis called it a career. He probably could have played the last remaining season on his contract with Sporting Kansas City, but instead, he chose to end his playing career.

Said Davis: “I had a contract [with Sporting Kansas City] through this year, a guaranteed contract. I felt that last year, the role that I was playing – first of all, I was very appreciative of Kansas City and the opportunity – but the role that I played, the injuries that I had just started to take a toll mentally, physically, everything. If a guy tells you that he hasn’t thought about retiring he’s lying. I’m 35, 34, one of those two and it comes to the point that you have to make tough decisions. I truly felt like I wasn’t able to play the way I wanted to play, I couldn’t help the team in ways I once could. The way this league works, it is very difficult. I understand the difficulties that these guys go through to put teams together and salaries together and dealing with salary caps and things like that. I just felt it was the right time, I always told myself that I wouldn’t hang on, just to hang on. To answer your question, no, I did not know it would be this year. But as last year progressed, those things just started to weigh more and more on me. I felt with everything calculated and laid out I felt it was the right time to make the move.”

There are so many memories that I have of Davis. Obviously, the championships are at the forefront. But some of the things not often seen on camera are what I’ll remember most.

I’ll remember the professionalism he exhibited to fans, staff, fellow players, and media. During the Kinnear era, he would always answer questions after matches, win, lose, or draw. Sometimes during the Robertson Stadium days, you could hear what was being said in the Dynamo locker room after the match through the thin walls. We would assemble on the other side for the press conference, and it wasn’t often, but maybe after a loss Kinnear offered his “thoughts” as only he could, Davis would be up front and honest about his feelings about the match.

I’ll remember seeing him interact with his family after matches, no matter how tired he was, he was always there for them, seemingly mustering up energy even though you could see the fatigue in his eyes.

I’ll remember him & former goalkeeper Tally Hall always shaking the hands of veterans being honored during halftime. They would be ready for the second half of matches, but not before telling a vet “Thank you for your service.” Most athletes would be focused on the task at hand, but both Davis and Hall would take a few seconds to acknowledge them before resuming the match.

Of course I’ll remember the dynamic left foot and how he should have been named league MVP in 2011, but that’s neither here nor there.

But most of all, I’ll remember him as captain who led the team on & off the pitch, with determination, tenacity, wit, and nerves of steel.

Whatever Davis’ life leads him, whether it’s in coaching/management, or an outdoor hunting/fishing show, he will be successful in it. He certainly has a lot of people wishing him success.

(pics courtesy of Mike Yeh)