After long contemplation and discussion with my family, I have decided to continue working.  Further, I will not be attending training camp with the Minnesota Vikings.

I had to be careful not to commit for the wrong reasons.  I’m 43 with a lot of time in front of the computer.  The problem with going to work every day for twenty-odd years is that they think there’s nothing wrong with you and you can work forever.  The things that bothered me, bothered me a little more.  It takes longer to recover — if you do recover.

Ultimately, though, continuing to earn a living was something that my family and I wanted to do.  So I’m going to commit 110 percent for at least the next year.

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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm veteran. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. Hoodlumman says:

    Good. Now I won’t draft you on my fantasy team(s).

  2. Kenny says:

    The Vikings have released a press release announcing that they plan to retired Joyner’s jersey number at a home game later this season.

  3. Brian J. says:

    But we know how fickle you are. This means that you’re undecided or you’re trying to up the Vikings offer.

  4. Steve Plunk says:

    But you didn’t rule out the other team’s training camps.

  5. I’m sure you could start for the Lions.

  6. You are such a tease.

  7. What, no Plimptonish blog diary of training camp? Especialy with all the inexpensive video options now…

  8. markm says:

    I’m sure you could start for the Lions.

    OOOOH…have you, the wife and the nose muncher taken time to consider that????. Upside no matter how you look at it….

  9. rodney dill says:

    On my vacation I went to a Brewer’s game in Milwaukee WI. I saw the funniest T-shirt it was green with a cheese yellow outline of Wisconsin, and outline facsimile of your face. The words said, “We’ll never forget you BRENT.”

  10. Brian Knapp says:

    Guys, aren’t we being a little tough on him here? I mean, look at the numbers. James is a hall-of-famer, let’s just celebrate any decision he makes and enjoy the ride. Even if it’s a non-decision.