November 08, 2013

Saying 'I'm not happy at all,' Broncos' John Moffitt quits NFL: John Moffitt wasn't unhappy with a lack of playing time in Denver. He quit the NFL because he'd lost his love for the game and was tired of risking his health.

posted by BornIcon to football at 09:36 AM - 7 comments

I'm confused. The URL says that he was with the Seahawks and the photo of him in the article shows him wearing a Seahawks uniform. Well, not really confused, more like bemused in an amused manner. I guess that still makes me confused.

This is the end of my comment.

posted by NoMich at 10:45 AM on November 08

From the article:

The Broncos acquired Moffitt on Aug. 20 from the Seahawks after he'd lost out on one of two starting guard spots in Seattle during training camp. He played in two games for the Broncos (7-1).

posted by grum@work at 11:31 AM on November 08

Don't mind me grummy, I'm all whacked out on cold medicine and sleep deprivation.

This should really be only the beginning of my comment.

posted by NoMich at 02:00 PM on November 08

I'll give Moffitt props; it would appear he's had this on his mind for a while. He stated he had a good financial base on which his family can live a comfortable life; why should he kill himself (figuratively) with the potential for concussion and spending the rest of his life with the lingering physical effects of playing 10 or more seasons?

I would believe he also considered that, if he wasn't 100 percent mentally into football any more, it would adversely affect the club. It looks like everyone wins in this case.

posted by jjzucal at 07:35 PM on November 08

Maybe for some of the best young players in the future, their "contract year" will be their final year of college ball. Get drafted as high as possible, sign for as much as possible, invest wisely, leave the game sooner rather than later.

(And as a rookie, do not shell out 15K to help send Incognito's fat ass to Vegas).

posted by beaverboard at 09:06 AM on November 09

I don't think it's very likely top college football players will be planning a one-contract-and-done NFL career. Rookie salaries are limited by a cap, and the best players will be thinking about earning that big long-term deal after the initial one ends.

These days, when a player's NFL career is cut short by injury or other circumstances, I wonder if they will be grateful it happened when they see how their former teammates are doing in their 40s and 50s.

posted by rcade at 09:14 AM on November 10

Rookie salaries are limited by a cap, and the best players will be thinking about earning that big long-term deal after the initial one ends.

I'm not sure with information we have available to us today about the effects of football on one's long-term health that people won't adapt. It's not inconceivable that smart people will use football to get a four-year degree with no debt and perhaps a little capital to start on by playing short-term. Myron Rolle got out a couple of years into his career to go to medical school. Brad Butler got out to get into government.

There aren't a lot of examples today, but this generation of football players knows more about their future than any others. Like the oil fields in Alberta/shale fields in North Dakota, many keep going back every year, but the smart ones bank their money and get out before their bodies/families disintegrate. I think we'll see more of this in future years.

posted by dfleming at 09:17 AM on November 11

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