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Roaf Talks About His Decision to Retire
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On July 29, 2006 @ 6:08 pm In Latest News | Comments Disabled
[Kansas City.com] Willie Roaf, who wasn’t with the Chiefs when they reported for training camp Thursday, said by telephone that he had told president/general manager Carl Peterson and coach Herm Edwards of his plans weeks ago and even sent the Chiefs a letter declaring his intentions.
“If I felt I could play like I used to play, I’d play again,” said Roaf, who was chosen for 11 Pro Bowls. “But if I thought that, I would be kidding myself. That’s not how I want to go out and end my career. I’m not happy about not playing football. But it’s the thing I have to do.”
“I thought when I started working out I would be feeling better and I could do the things I want to do. I started running around and my legs were bothering me. I kind of knew right then that I would need to do this. I’m 36 years old. I have to face that fact.”
The Chiefs had kept quiet about Roaf since May, hoping he would change his mind. Edwards indicated the Chiefs would welcome Roaf back if he does.
“Willie says he’s retiring,” Edwards said. “I’ve heard that before from players, and sometimes they change their minds.”
“Willie has played a long time in this league, and that’s a tough decision. Sometimes you have to sit back after you make a decision like that and ponder it.”
Roaf said several times during an interview that his decision was final.
“The Chiefs told me to take my time, but nothing has changed,” Roaf said. “That’s not in the plans. When I go out and run around the football field, I’m not me. I don’t want to let anybody down. Herm Edwards has got a new program going there. I respect him, and I respect my teammates too much to go out there and play at a level that I’m not used to.”
When his body balked in the spring, Roaf left the Chiefs and went to California, where his children live. He didn’t return repeated phone messages and only called Friday because the Chiefs had yet to make the announcement.
“I was letting them handle the thing because I just didn’t want to talk about it,” Roaf said. “It’s tough on me. This is not an easy deal. I said I wanted to play football. I did want to play football. But I don’t want to end my career limping off the field. I’m going to miss my teammates, and I’m going to miss football, but it’s time.”
“I guess they want me to reconsider. I’m solid on retiring and going back to school.”
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