Moffitt said he doesn't love football any longer, and therefore, he's retiring from the game.
"I just really thought about it and decided I'm not happy. I'm not happy at all," Moffitt told 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."
Moffitt, who lost out on a starting job with the Seahawks in the offseason before Seattle traded him to Denver, also made the announcement on his Twitter page with a shout-out to the NFL commissioner.
Football was fun but my head hurts-haha kidding roger goodell. I'm on to new things, thanks to everyone along the way!!!— John Moffitt (@Moffitt74) November 5, 2013
With his decision, Moffitt leaves about $1 million in salary he was due this season and next on the table. Plus, his team seems destined to make a playoff run that could have landed Moffitt in a possible Super Bowl.
"I don't care about the Super Bowl. I don't," Moffitt said. "I used to. I mean, anytime I played this game, I gave my heart to it and I'm a person that does thing with his heart. ... I don't need the Super Bowl experience. I played in great stadiums and I played against great players. And I had that experience and it's enough."
As for the money he's leaving behind, the third-year player doesn't seem to care about that either.
"I've saved enough. It's not like I'm sitting here and I'm a millionaire," he said. "That's what I kind of realized. I'm sitting here and I got to this point and I was like, what is the number that you need? How much do you really need? What do you want in life? And I decided that I don't really need to be a millionaire ...
"I just want to be happy. And I find that people that have the least in life are sometimes the happiest. And I don't have the least in life. I have enough in life. And I won't sacrifice my health for that."
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