Former Bills LB Schobel retiring (AP)Aug 16th, 2010 | By sportsnews | Category: Sports
The Bills released Schobel on Aug. 4 after nine seasons. Schobel was a
two-time Pro Bowl selection and his 78 career sacks rank second in Buffalo
history behind Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.
Schobel mulled his options for two weeks, and his decision to retire on
Monday was first reported by FoxSportsHouston.com. He said in a phone interview
with The Associated Press that he had been leaning toward retirement since the
end of last season.
“I really didn’t have a lot of fun playing last year,” Schobel said. “The
passion wasn’t there, so it was time. I took as much time as I felt like I
needed to make the decision, and I think I made the right one.”
Schobel, 32, lives in Columbus, Texas, about 70 miles west of Houston, and
the Texans contacted Schobel about continuing his career close to home this
Another lure to Houston was defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who worked in
Buffalo for three seasons before joining the Texans in 2009. The two are close
friends, but Schobel felt retiring was still the right decision to make.
“The decision came down to whether I wanted to play,” he said. “I didn’t
really feel like I wanted to do it. A lot of people probably think I’m crazy,
but whenever you feel like it’s time, it’s time.”
Schobel had four years left on a $50.5 million contract extension he signed
with the Bills in 2007. It’s a deal that included a $2 million roster bonus he
was due March 1. Schobel did not receive that money, because the payment was due
on the condition he passed a physical.
“It’s always hard to pass up money, but there’s more to life than that,”
Schobel said. “If I wanted to play, I felt like I still could’ve. But it was
Schobel sold his house near Buffalo in the spring. He has three children,
and said the annual move from Texas to New York was starting to wear on them.
“My kids are getting older and I didn’t feel like it was fair,” he said.
“It was getting to the point where it was starting to affect them, so that was
the reason not to go back to Buffalo.”
Schobel did not participate in any team activities this offseason. He was
placed on the Reserve/Did Not Report list when he failed to show up for the
start of training camp.
Aside from considering his family, Schobel said he was unsure if his body
could hold up for another season.
“It wasn’t just the physical part, but the mental part, too,” he said.
“After the Bills released me, I weighed all my options and I just decided that
at this point, this is what I wanted to do. I was tired of going back and forth.
I just decided that this is what I was going to do.”