Sunday, November 17, 2013

NFL player cites reading Noam Chomsky among reasons he quit playing pro football

A professional football player says he walked away from the NFL, leaving more than $1 million on the table, after studying the works of Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama.

John Moffitt called the Denver Broncos last week from his Seattle home to say he wouldn’t be returning from a scheduled week off for the team because he’d lost his love for football and was no longer willing to risk his health.

“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy,” Moffit said. “I’m not happy, and I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness, for money.”

Moffitt said he planned to spend more time with his father and 5-year-old daughter, and he also intends to diet to shed some of his 319-pound playing weight.

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