John Moffitt has decided to call it a career after just three seasons in the NFL.
At age 27, he leaves more than $1 million on the table, including about $312,500 in salary for the remainder of 2013, and $752,500 in non-guaranteed salary in 2014.
Moffitt said his bold move stems from the fact that he no longer loves the game and also that he was tired of risking of his health.
The Wisconsin Badgers product called the Denver Broncos from his home in Seattle this week to let them know that he would not be returning to the team following its bye week.
"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 also announced on Twitter that he was hanging his cleats up, saying, "Football was fun but my head hurts-haha kidding roger goodell. I'm on to new things, thanks to everyone along the way!!!"
Moffitt signed a four-year contract for nearly $3 million after the Seattle Seahawks drafted him 75th overall in the 2011 Draft. All in all, he made about $1.8 million before taxes in his NFL career.
Via USA Today