By Mike Lucas
Featured Columnist

Offensive guard Brandon Moore signed a one-year, $1.25 million dollar contract with the Dallas Cowboys on last night, and then decided to retire from the NFL this morning.

Moore couldn’t bring himself to get on the plane to California and leave his family behind.

Moore, who started every game since 2005 at guard for the New York Jets, may be most recognized as being the “butt” in the infamous Mark Sanchez “butt fumble” play from last year's Thanksgiving game against the New England Patriots.

In an interview with ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini, Moore said the following:

“I was wrestling with it all day, going back and forth with my wife and family. Finally, we decided, ‘Let’s go ahead and do it.’ I didn’t sleep at all. I was wrestling with it. I realized it was too late in the game to uproot my family. I called my agent and said, ‘I can’t do it.’ “

“I played the game for 10 years. I lived in a house. I didn’t have to go from team to team, so this would’ve been a big transition for me. You really don’t grasp it until you actually agree to something. Then it was like, ‘Wow, I have to leave tomorrow for California.”

It is nice to see a long-time veteran go out on his own terms, and not be forced to return just for the pay check.

This news was definitely a blow to the Cowboys, as Moore was a solid offensive lineman and the Cowboys desperately needed offensive line help after Nate Livings underwent knee surgery and will miss two-to-four weeks of action.


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