Seahawks guard Stephen Schilling retiring at 26 despite Seattle offer to re-sign him

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Guard Stephen Schilling #63 of the Seattle Seahawks and center Lemuel Jeanpierre #61 of the Seattle Seahawks block against the Denver Broncos during preseason action at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Seahawks 21-16. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — Offensive lineman Stephen Schilling intends to retire from the NFL despite an offer to play another season for the Seattle Seahawks.

Schilling confirmed his decision Thursday, saying it’s “just a personal choice for me at this time in my life.”

Seattle was hopeful of bringing Schilling back for a second season. He started three games and appeared in eight total games this past season for the Seahawks before suffering a knee injury that landed him on injured reserve.

Coach Pete Carroll was hopeful at the owners meetings last week that Schilling would be re-signed, but his tone had changed when asked about the negotiations after the University of Washington’s Pro Day Thursday.

Schilling, 26, played three seasons for San Diego before joining Seattle.


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  • Nancy Talbot

    I think more NFL athletes are taking to heart the toll the game takes on their bodies. Some have invested their money wisely and have fall back careers they studied for in college. Although I don’t think there will be a stampede to retirement, I do think some of the players will evaluate the risk vs benefits of football and move on while their bodies still work fairly well.

  • tootietuttle

    schilling is living proof that there are a lot of really smart football players who haven’t invested like the Michael Vicks and can retire comfortably at 26…Live the dream Mr. Schilling.

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