Channing Crowder Announces Surprise Retirement

Linebacker was cut by the Fins after six seasons on the first day of training camp

By Janie Campbell
|  Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011  |  Updated 6:23 PM EDT
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Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder announced his apparent retirement from the NFL on local sports radio Tuesday evening.

Crowder was cut by the Dolphins on July 29 after six seasons in Miami, but the 27-year-old was popularly expected to find a home with another team. He worked out for the New England Patriots last week, but reported "it was weird...everything was just different."

“I had opportunities," Crowder told WQAM host Sid Rosenberg. "When I started thinking about retiring and it became an option, that’s when I knew I should do it.”

Since being drafted out of the University of Florida, the former Gator notched 343 solo tackles, but, to Dolfans' chagrin, only 2.5 sacks and one interception.

His legendary mouth will apparently remain in South Florida.

"I'm retiring. I'm staying at home," he said on-air. "I'm going to keep playing in Miami but I'm not putting a helmet on."

What gives? Though Crowder has not, to public knowledge, filed retirement papers with the NFL, he says he's ready to be a family man and not "[jump] from team to team.

"I'm not hurting for money," he said.

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