Less than two weeks after receiving a pink slip from the Dolphins, linebacker Channing Crowder is walking away from the game.

Crowder told WQAM’s Sid Rosenberg on Tuesday that he’s retiring from the NFL.
“I’m hanging it up,” Crowder said. “I woke up and saw my pregnant wife and all the teams that were talking to me and I said, ‘I don’t want to do it.’ “
Crowder, Miami’s third-round pick from 2005, has been a free agent since July 29, when he was abruptly released by the ‘Fins shortly before they signed his replacement, Kevin Burnett, to a four-year, $21 million contract.

He had drawn interest from multiple teams, including the Patriots, his bitter rival who he worked out for last week. In the end, though, he couldn’t bring himself to sign with a team he “hated for so long.”
It’s a bit of a shock that Crowder decided to call it quits so suddenly. While he wasn’t a premier player at his position, he’s only 27-years-old and was still a force against the run.

On the other hand, it wouldn’t at all be a shock to see Rex Ryan’s former enemy resurface within the league next year  — or possibly sooner.

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