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Pro Football Player Abruptly Quits: "I’m Not Happy At All"

John Moffitt, an offensive lineman in his third professional season, leaves behind more than $1 million on his contract.

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John Moffitt, a third-year guard with the Denver Broncos, informed the team that he is quitting the game immediately, citing his health and happiness and leaving more than $1 million in salary behind.

In an interview with the Associated Press published Wednesday, Moffitt said he was tired of risking his own health and looked forward to starting his new life beyond the game:

“I’m not trying to be the poster boy for ‘Oh, I thought I should leave because of concussions.’ I’m just saying, it’s a valid point,” Moffitt said. “I love the game and I respect the game and everybody who plays it knows what they risk and I knew what I risked when I played, and I’m no longer willing to risk it.”

Denver Post Broncos beat writer Mike Klis first tweeted yesterday afternoon that something that Moffitt, who had played in only two games this season due to injury, might be making some changes:


Mike Klis

@MikeKlis

Broncos’ G John Moffitt is doing some soul searching. Didn’t show up after bye. Frustrated with lack of playing time.

/ Via

Moffitt then confirmed everyone’s suspicions shortly thereafter, even throwing in a little Goodell-directed gallows humor:


John Moffitt

@Moffitt74

Football was fun but my head hurts-haha kidding roger goodell. I’m on to new things, thanks to everyone along the way!!!

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Dear @KFUCKINGP I totally understand why u faked ur own death in order to get out of the majors. So much easier ur way. Love the real kp

— Moffitt74 (@John Moffitt)

John Moffitt

@Moffitt74

Dear @KFUCKINGP

I totally understand why u faked ur own death in order to get out of the majors. So much easier ur way.

Love the real kp

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Above all, Moffitt told the AP, he’s ready to put his brief NFL career behind him and — at age of 27 — start again with something new.

“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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