Giving up something you love is always very difficult. Athletes have struggled with retiring from their respective sports. These types of decisions are life changing; many NFL players have been playing football since they were just a preteen, and not having football leaves a gap in their lives that many struggle to fill.
Even with the new rules that cut down on physical play, it is not common for players to able to play in the league for an extended time. For some veterans, 2012 will be their last year playing the game that they love so much.
Here are a couple of NFL veterans that are approaching the ends of their career as the 2012 season looms.