Jonathan Martin walked away from the Miami Dolphins and potentially his NFL career after consistent bullying and harassment from teammate Richie Incognito, but he was not the first and will not be the last player to walk away from the game.
Earlier this season, offensive lineman John Moffitt walked away from the Denver Broncos and quit football and he says that it was simply because he was not happy.
In fact, Moffitt says that it is “madness” to sacrifice your body and happiness for money.
“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all,” Moffitt told Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press. “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.
“Once you tear away all the illusions of it, it’s hard work and it’s dangerous work. And you’re away from your family. And it’s not good for families. It’s very tough on families.
“I’m ready to go to work and start doing other things right now. 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?”
It is refreshing to see a man put family first and think about his well being and life after his playing career, especially in the midst of the latest NFL controversy.
We like to think that the players in the league go out and enjoy the thrill of competing and putting their talents on display for the world to see, but there will always be those that simply aren’t happy doing their job and it is okay for them to walk away.