Former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore is retiring from the National Football League, less than nine months after gaining notoriety when quarterback Mark Sanchez ran into his backside in a nationally televised game.
The 33-year-old Moore spent the past 10 seasons with the Jets and yesterday reversed a decision about signing a free-agent contract with Dallas Cowboys. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said Moore had a change of heart.
“He was just a great teammate,” Jets coach Rex Ryan told reporters yesterday. “A guy that was important to me and being a first-time NFL head coach, I leaned on him some. I guess you can’t play this game forever. But I certainly appreciate his time that he had with us for sure.”
Moore started every game for the Jets at right guard from 2005 through 2012, playing in relative obscurity before last season’s Thanksgiving Day holiday game against the New England Patriots. With the Jets trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Sanchez scrambled up the middle and was knocked to the ground after running into Moore’s rear end, fumbling the ball as he went down. Steve Gregory of the Patriots scooped up the loose ball and ran 32 yards for a touchdown. Video of the play has been repeatedly replayed on ESPN and other networks.
“It’s amusing to me to me that people think it’s so amusing,” Moore told ESPN. “The way I look at it, I don’t think it should have any link to my career. I don’t think it stands for what I was as a player for 10 years.”
Moore passed up a $2 million contract with the Cowboys, including $1.75 million in guaranteed money, ESPN said.