John Moffitt, the one-time trade target of the Cleveland Browns, has decided to walk away from the game of football. First reported by Mike Holmgren Christmas card recipient Dave “Softy” Mahler, the reserve offensive lineman said he was “ready to live a different kind of life.”
Just talked to John Moffitt. He's giving up football. Told the @DenverBroncos two days ago. "I'm ready to live a different kind of life."
— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) November 5, 2013
Moffitt later confirmed the report with a light-hearted tweet of his own.
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
The Browns famously acquired Moffitt earlier this season as a back-up guard, but the trade was voided by the NFL after the veteran had been introduced to the local media. Reportedly due to a lingering knee issue, Moffitt failed his physical and was sent back to Seattle where he was later acquired by the Super Bowl-hopeful Denver Broncos. Reportedly frustrated by his lack of playing time, Moffitt didn’t report to the Broncos when they returned from their Week 9 bye.
“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all,” Moffitt told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Seattle. “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.”
Moffitt, 27, joins the growing list of young professional football players to walk away from the NFL as a lifestyle choice. Earlier this season, former Oakland Raiders first-round pick Rolando McClain walked away from the NFL after fearing that he would become the “next Aaron Hernandez.” More recently, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left his team after allegations of a hostile work environment that reportedly included racist and violence-driven emails and voicemails from a teammate.