Brandon Moore, the free-agent guard the Dallas Cowboys were on the verge of signing Tuesday night, has elected to retire from football rather than join the organization.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 10-year veteran could not bring himself to leave his family and informed the Cowboys of his decision this morning, rather than boarding a plane to join the team.
Brandon Moore could not bring himself to get on plane and leave his family. He informed Cowboys of decision this am.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 7, 2013
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 tweeted that Moore told him he slept on the decision and would rather retire, but noted that he hated letting Bill Callahan—Dallas’ offensive coordinator and offensive line coach—down.
Just got off the phone with Brandon Moore. After sleeping on it, he's decided to retire rather than sign with the Cowboys. Story coming.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 7, 2013
One quick quote from Moore here: "I'm a man of my word. I hated letting Bill (Callahan) down."— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 7, 2013
CBS Sports’ Josh Katzowitz and Jason La Canfora reported that Moore turned down a one-year, $1.75 million guaranteed contract to hang up his cleats.
Moore played his entire career with the New York Jets, joining the club as an undrafted free agent out of Illinois back in 2002.
The 33-year-old started 142 games for the Jets over his 10-year career, which took a couple of years to get off the ground.
Did Moore make the right decision?
After a stint on the practice squad, Moore made his debut in the NFL back in 2003, starting one game and seeing action in three.
He truly burst onto the scene in 2004, when he started 13 games and helped block for the league's leading rusher, Curtis Martin.
The 6'3", 305-pound mauler was most recognized for his efforts back in 2011, when Moore was named to the first and only Pro Bowl of his career.
Moore was also honored with the Ed Block Courage Award that season, chosen by his teammates for his inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
Perhaps he'll be best remembered for being a key player in the infamous “butt fumble” play, in which Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez ran into Moore’s backside and dropped the ball.
Regardless of that mishap, Moore put together a solid NFL career, took care of his money well enough to retire and deserves the best now that he is walking away from the game.