Brandon Moore chose retirement over playing for the Cowboys

brandon mooreThe Dallas Cowboys were once a team everyone wanted to play for. They were “America’s Team”. But that was then and this is now.

The new reality is that a player could actually sign with the Cowboys and then the next day decide to retire rather than play for them. And that’s what former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore did.

Now, Moore definitely has his reasons, one of which isn’t the Cowboys are joke. At least he doesn’t say that’s one of the reasons. But yet and still, his decision gives a small glimpse into how far the mighty Cowboys have fallen.

“I was wrestling with it all night. I was excited, but when you start looking at all the personal factors that go into it and the commitment on the football side and you’ve been in a different mental state also the past three or four months because no action’s been happening, you kind of move on with your life,” Moore, 33, said in a phone interview from his new house in New Jersey. “I was happy with that and fine with that. But when you get a call from a coach I care deeply for in (Cowboys offensive coordinator) Bill Callahan, you start to feel it, you get excited and you’re finally like, ‘I want to do it.’

“But you map out the logistics of it all — the physical and mental commitment, the tear on your family …”

Of course, I may be making more out of this than is needed. But it’s the Cowboys. And it’s always fun to laugh at their misfortunes.

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