November 6, 2013

NFL player leaves fame, fortune, money - for sake of his health

Broncos guard John Moffitt, who is 27, leaves more than $1 million on the table.

By Arnie Stapleton
The Associated Press

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2013 Associated Press File Photo Denver Broncos guard John Moffitt says he quit the NFL this week not because he was unhappy with a lack of playing time in Denver but because he’d lost his love for the game and was tired of risking his health.

Moffitt majored in sociology at Wisconsin and said his world view was really shaped over the last couple of years when he began studying the writings of the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky.

Now that he’s out from behind the NFL shield, Moffitt said he’s looking forward to speaking his mind on the radio and in podcasts he’s going to produce. He said he has plenty of opinions to share on everything from philosophy to politics, although he has less to say about sports.

He said he also wants to go on a diet now that he doesn’t have to maintain his 319-pound physique.

Moffitt said the timing of his decision had nothing to do with Walton being activated from the reserve/PUP list, although “I’m glad it worked out like that.” And he said he felt bad his decision coincided with coach John Fox’s heart operation.

He doesn’t regret playing football, either.

“Obviously, I wish things worked out better in Seattle. I wish I played more there, but I loved college football. I loved being in Seattle playing football. It wasn’t always the easiest, but I live here now and I’m thankful,” he said. “I look back and I’m thankful for the whole experience. That’s enough for me.”

Moffitt said he wants to spend more time with his parents in Connecticut and with his girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter in Seattle. He said his father is “my best friend and I never get to see him.”

Moffitt said he’ll miss playing in games and goofing around with the guys, but he’s glad the rest of his NFL life is over.

“Once you tear away all the illusions of it, it’s hard work. And it’s dangerous work. And you’re away from your family. And it’s not good for families. It’s very tough on families,” he said.

Moffitt is also glad to leave the league on his terms.

“I’m ready to go to work and start doing other things right now,” Moffitt said. “So, it’s a smoother transition and I’m still young enough to start a career and my body’s healthy and I’m good. I look at it as a great start to life, you know?”

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