It looks like all the teams trying to attract the services of Aaron Schobel wasted their time.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Schobel, the 32-year-old defensive end who was released by the Buffalo Bills less than two weeks ago, has decided to retire.Â Numerous teams, including the Houston Texans and New England Patriots, had reportedly showed interest in Schobel before his decision to walk away from the NFL.
â€œI want to be done with it," Schobel said in the Houston Chronicle report.Â Â "Iâ€™m going to leave it as is. I wasnâ€™t sure if I wanted to play, anyway. Iâ€™m going to be 33 in two weeks, and Iâ€™m leaving the game on my terms and nobody elseâ€™s. Iâ€™m just going to leave it alone and retire.â€
Schobel was due to make $8 million in Buffalo before being released.Â In 2009, he played in all 16 games and was the star of the Bills' defensive unit.Â He racked up 56 tackles, 10 sacks and had one interception, which he returned for a touchdown.Â Schobel finishes his nine-year career with 483 tackles and 78 sacks.
Schobel was born and raised in Texas, including attending Texas Christian University, and considered continuing his playing career in Houston.
â€œObviously, it would have been a great place to play, but at point of my career, Iâ€™m not going to sit here and tell you how I would have performed,â€ Schobel said.
It's hard not to respect a guy who knows that he can still get the job done on the field, but decides that his passion for the game probably isn't the same as it once was and that he doesn't want to waste anyone's time.Â I'm sure he has no regrets and looks forward to life after football.