NFL Player Quits Midseason, Citing Noam Chomsky


Not that I’m expecting football fans across the country to wake up and question whether they themselves are “pawns in a machine”,  but the abrupt retirement of John Moffitt, as reported by the New York Times, is commendable and intriguing:

“I don’t want to risk health for money,” said Moffitt, 27, who walked away from about $1 million in salary, various benefits for retirees who play at least three seasons and quite possibly a trip to the Super Bowl with the 9-1 Broncos. “I’m happy, and I don’t need the N.F.L.”

In the off-season, Moffitt started reading the writings of the Dalai Lama and Noam Chomsky, among others. They helped him conclude that he was a pawn in a machine that controlled his life.

Moffitt insisted that he did not care about the lost income, and he was shocked that people thought he was nuts for walking away from what they think is a glamorous lifestyle. “I’m the one being called crazy, but I think everyone else is crazy,” Moffitt said. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money. What does that say about our world?”

Hundreds of players leave football each year, sometimes through injury and often by being cut. But rarely does a player retire midseason, especially when hanging on a few more months would guarantee him a pension, health care and other benefits. Moffitt said he gave up the rest of his $625,000 salary this year and could have made about $750,000 in 2014.

43 Comments on "NFL Player Quits Midseason, Citing Noam Chomsky"

  1. Chaos_Dynamics | Nov 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm |

    Extrapolate across all systems and you have a truly magical moment in time.

  2. Hadrian999 | Nov 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm |

    I hope they follow him and see if it really was a good decision

  3. Right on!

  4. Michael Kerns | Nov 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm |

    Good for him. Never heard of him but there is nothing insane about making your health a priority over pain for hire

  5. Should have finished the season… Even if just for the healthcare. Coming out of the NFL, I imagine he has pushed his body in ways that could come back to haunt him later in life and it would be a shame if he was made light of down the road.

    • MatterEater | Nov 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm |

      He should run the risk of injury, including brain injury, which he feels is a high risk occurance, just to ensure he had a bit more healthcare. If he is right about the risk to his health, he just saved his quality of life. He also had moral objections to playing, which, although everyone may not agree to, is his to make. I salute him.

      • I think he should have waited until he was eligible for pension and heath care. There was a Frontline program on brain damage in football and unfortunately the damage has probably already been done. They believe damage starts in high school.

    • sickandtired | Nov 22, 2013 at 5:42 am |

      The point is that ALL Americans should have healthcare, FREE at the point of need! Don’t you get it that as long as you have to worry about your ‘benefits’ you are a slave. Moffits got it right!

    • Sure, since he reads people like the Dalai Lama and Chomsky, he’s probably too dumb to think it through the way you have. He say’s life is not all about the money… and you correct him… because life really IS all about the money?

  6. erte4wt4etrg | Nov 20, 2013 at 5:48 pm |


  7. JohnFrancisBittrich | Nov 20, 2013 at 6:39 pm |

    More Moffits, less Incognitos!

    • Why do you say that about Incognitos?

      • CannotTakeIt | Nov 25, 2013 at 10:00 am |

        He’s a self absorbed, inconsiderate, entitled asshole maybe?

        • He’s probably not a hippie. He plays in the National Concussion League and will incur injuries that cause him pain the rest of his life to one degree or another. They have to be tough fuckers as it is the nature of their work. If you don’t know all that b.s. you’re just talking shit on the internet but you know that.

          • CannotTakeIt | Nov 27, 2013 at 8:28 am |

            A hippie? Wow, the 60’s called and they want your reality back. Being tough does not equate to being an asshole, or a racist, or a homophobe, or a bully. Yes, sexual assault always equals tough, doesn’t it?

          • Haven’t been following the details of this story. If proof that he is a racist or homophobe has surfaced that isn’t cool. As for bully or asshole well that’s a bit like calling a Marine in a war zone a thug.

  8. MatterEater | Nov 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm |

    I wish to congratulate this man. He has integrity, which can’t be bought. That is true sportsmanship, and a true role model. He is not interested in just the amusement of others, benefiting bookies, or obtaining sponsorship based on an illusory image that encourages youth to eat fast food garbage. What a sad twisted world we live in where someone turns down moneygrubbing for their integrity, and their sanity is questioned.

  9. Chompsky and the Deli Lama (but i repeat myself) are both millionaires, are they not?I’ll bet a ticket to the Bronco’s game they are!

    • I think the Dalai Lama is a billionaire.

      • The Dalai Lama’s has Infinite value. lol. He’s just a man.

      • ChangeBox | Nov 24, 2013 at 1:34 am |

        Stop thinking and start looking. The information is out there and not exactly hard to find. There’s no point in me finding out for you as you’ll either discount it out of hand, question my source or call me a liar.

        • The Internet is conflicted between him being a billionaire and having no possessions whatsoever. I know his income has to be pretty sizeable from book royalties and awards. Makes no difference to me. Making money by educating is a helluva lot better than making money by getting the crap beaten out of you to amuse brainless American idolaters who would likely have a heart attack after running 20 yards. Casting pearls before swine, in a sense.
          So, now that we’re on the same page (and since the next verse is “ask, and it will be given to you”), how much is the Lama “worth”?

    • bobbiethejean | Nov 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm |

      There’s nothing inherently wrong with being rich and being rich doesn’t mean you are inherently part of the machine. The fact that Chomsky and the Dalai Lama are wealthy has absolutely no significance in this conversation.

      • Sammy Law | Nov 22, 2013 at 4:37 am |

        Wow! Speaking as someone who is about 12 concussions deep….I get it. Tough TOUGH choice as an athlete but sometimes you just need to hang them up and read some Dalai Lama and Chomsky.

    • “Chompsky and the Deli Lama” what the FUCK is wrong with you? Chomsky is clearly in the headline and ‘Dalai’ in the article itself. DELI? I want to think you’re trolling, but it looks to be sad ignorance in this case

      • His heroes are both meatheads, meathead.
        As evidenced by your sluggish thought process, or rather, lack of.

    • So…..if someone is poor, then they don’t have a right to express themselves because they’re not “elite” or “professional” enough to be taken seriously.

      And….if someone is well off, they also don’t have the right to express themselves because they’re TOO elite.

      Given your distaste for people who make money, I assume you’ve never voted for a politician, right? I mean…surely you’re not a hypocrite…right?

      Russell Brand(who I’m sure you also dislike) recently said that when he was dirt poor, no one would take him seriously. Who would listen to a poverty-stricken addict? And now that he’s made some money, people say that he’s a hypocrite.

      This system of ours teaches us to distrust people for the most absurd reasons. How much money someone makes(or doesn’t make) should not factor in to what their message is. It’s Argument and Debate 101. Most people who post here are too engaged to take your Ad Hominem attacks seriously.

      Instead, may I suggest you pull up
      Then, click any random link. It doesn’t matter which.
      Next, scroll down to the comments section and post what you just said.
      Wait 5 minutes. You’ll find an entire community of like-minded people who think you’re very clever. It’ll be a nice ego boost. Enjoy!

      • Eric_D_Read | Nov 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm |

        Well Brand IS a hypocrite if he’s calling for redistribution of wealth while he’s sitting on a personal fortune of $15 million and counting.

        He does have a lot of valid points on other topics though.

        • Jin The Ninja | Nov 27, 2013 at 10:13 am |

          you should watch the brand interview on politics on huffpo, it really clarifies his actual beliefs. he’s really calling for a massive re-distribution of resources and grassroots democratic institutions- he’s basically anti-cap. i don’t think it’s hyprocritcal, personally.

  10. Well he could have played several more months, quit and donated some of that extra fortune to the poor through a charity of his own choosing. Also, most of us work and are at shit jobs not getting paid anything and with little to no benefits, so I don’t find him heroic though I respect his choice -it IS his life.

  11. James Gascoyne | Nov 22, 2013 at 4:27 am |

    I will happily replace him for half of his money……PICK ME BRONCOS!!!!

  12. sickandtired | Nov 22, 2013 at 5:40 am |

    What if we all stayed home for 1 week and ‘self-certified’ ourselves as ‘ill’ so ‘they’ still had to pay us! Would that get ‘their’ attention I wonder?

  13. Finally, a player in the N(ational)F(elony)L(eague) that can actually think! Good for him!

  14. he is right what does really say about OUR world!!!!!!

  15. ChangeBox | Nov 24, 2013 at 1:32 am |

    You’d do well to check out their lifestyle and what kind of money they really have before you bang away at your keyboard. Go do the research and come back with what you’ve found. No, I won’t do it for you. I’m tired of going out and proving a point only to have someone who’s mind is already made up ignore it.

    • Chomsky is worth ~$2M, according to hypercritical sources. “Champagne socialist,” right? But consider this: if he retires next year and lives just another five, that’s an income of only ~$45k/yr.
      Hope y’all are saving for your own retirement!

      • Even ignoring the interest on $2m capital, 2,000,000/5=400,000.

        • ChangeBox | Nov 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm |

          Divided by FIVE? Where do you invest? That’s a 20% return. Congrats!

          • “if he retires next year and lives just another five” I’m not assuming any return at all.

          • You are absolutely correct, forgot to multiply by 12. Kind of important, that common sense. Edited to retain the moral of the story.

          • ChangeBox | Nov 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm |

            Somehow I missed “even ignoring”. Feeling a little ignorant or oversightful. My bad. Of course no one can plan how long they are going to live so the whole thing is moot in that respect. Apologies nonetheless.

          • Top tip for suicide bombers: long term debt based on actuarial predictions.

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