It’s not often that players retire from the NFL at 27-years of age, but apparently that’s what John Moffitt is going to do. The offensive lineman informed the Denver Broncos during their bye week that he was going to walk away from football, and he wasn’t kidding.
Here’s Moffitt’s reasoning for hanging up his cleats:
“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all. And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money. Everybody, they just don’t get it and they think it’s crazy. But I think what I was doing is crazy.”
While I don’t think walking away from a violent game is crazy, it is a little hard to understand when the guy has only played two and a half years in the NFL. On top of that, he wasn’t even really playing this year. Moffitt was a reserve guard for the Broncos and he hadn’t started a game all season. He did start 15 games over the past two years for the Seattle Seahawks, but his role was much different in Denver.
One thing everyone is going to bring up because of Moffitt’s decision is of course concussions. The OL says that he doesn’t have a history of concussions, but that he’s also no longer willing to risk suffering them.
In parting, he sent out a tweet to make Roger Goodell’s heart skip a beat:
Football was fun but my head hurts-haha kidding roger goodell. I’m on to new things, thanks to everyone along the way!!!
— John Moffitt (@Moffitt74) November 5, 2013