The president of the NFL Players Association said he got one offer from a team this year. It came too late, and Kevin Mawae - drafted by Seattle in 1994 - said Friday he decided being with family was more important than his passion to keep playing in the league.
The veteran offensive lineman announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons and eight Pro Bowls in a news conference while standing in front of banners for the union and LSU, across the street from Vanderbilt University, where he has been working as a strength and conditioning intern.
“My brother reminded me I have nothing to prove nor do I have anything to lose in this decision,” an emotional Mawae said. “I’ve done everything an NFL player can want to do except winning a championship. With that, I walk away from the NFL on my own terms and with the only regret that of not being a Super Bowl champion.”
Thursday’s Vikings-Saints opener earned the highest rating for a regular-season, prime-time game in 12 years. NBC said that New Orleans’ 14-9 win in a rematch of the NFC championship drew a 16.5 rating and 28 share. … Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom is expected to play Sunday while he appeals a suspension for using a banned substance. ... The Buffalo Bills placed linebacker Kawika Mitchell on injured reserve, two days after the seven-year veteran hurt his foot in practice. ... Injured offensive linemen Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier won’t be playing for Dallas on Sunday.