ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that former St. Louis Rams safety Oshiomogho Isaac “O.J.” Atogwe has announced his retirement from the NFL. Atogwe is 32 years old and played 7 NFL seasons, the first six of which were in St. Louis before one year with the Washington Redskins in 2011.
He didn’t play in 2012 and didn’t look like he was going to play in 2013.
In year of the safety, former Rams S Oshiomogho Isaac “O.J.” Atogwe has announced his retirement from the NFL.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2013
In Atogwe’s career he had 25 career interceptions and 1 career touchdown. He also had 374 career tackles, 339 came from his time in St. Louis. He also had 8 career fumble recoveries, one of which was for a touchdown.
In June of 2012 the Philadelphia Eagles signed him to a one-year contract, he was eventually waived on August 31st. Players never want to retire early before they’re ready or under someone else’s terms which is sort of what is happening here. His career lasted longer than the NFL average, more than twice as long actually, and that is something to be proud of.