You know that old saying money can’t buy happiness? Well in the case of Denver Broncos offensive guard John Moffitt, this proves to be true. According to USA Today, the former Wisconsin standout contacted the Broncos earlier this week to inform them that he would not be returning to the team following its bye week. He also confirmed the news on Twitter.
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 Broncos put Moffitt on the reserve list on Tuesday and have five days to officially release him. If he does not change his mind, Moffitt will leave an estimated $312,500 on the table for the remainder of this season and $752,500 in non-guaranteed salary in 2014.
In a phone interview with the Associated Press, Moffitt explains in greater detail why he decided to leave the game he once loved.
“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.”
With the Broncos being a Super Bowl contender, Moffitt also explained why he did not finish the year out.
“I don’t care about the Super Bowl. I don’t,” Moffitt insisted. “I used to. I mean, anytime I played this game, I gave my heart to it and I’m a person that does thing with his heart. … I don’t need the Super Bowl experience. I played in great stadiums and I played against great players. And I had that experience and it’s enough.”
Well there you have it. Moffitt proves that fortune and fame do not equate to happiness. Instead of staying on the team and collecting a paycheck he decided to call it quits which will give somebody else who really wants to play football the opportunity to do so. Respect.