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Among the highlights of this 13-minute interview:
-- He’s putting his house in Seattle on the market and moving back to “God’s Country” – Missouri.
-- Hasn’t officially retired yet – he hasn’t sent in the papers - but that seems to be the direction in which he’s headed.
-- Said that he “saw this coming” last season re: his release and what would have been a decreasing role if he had stayed in Seattle. Teams have called, but he isn’t interested right now.
-- His mind is on retiring primarily because he’d rather not sign a minimal contract to be a third defensive end somewhere and risk more impact on his body. Right now, he just doesn’t have the same drive, and he doesn’t want to “cheat the game”.
-- Realizes that it will be hard to step away from the game, especially the relationships with his teammates and the challenge of the game. Perhaps in September, he could receive a call and change his mind about playing.
-- He’ll coach the defensive line at his brother’s Springfield, Missouri high school (his brother is a high school principal).
-- He wants to be near his family in the Midwest, and he knows there are just a few select teams there. Loved his time in Seattle, but it was too far away.
-- Would only want to play for a team that had a real chance of winning.
-- He’s purchased a large plot of land in Missouri for hunting. Working with the government to cultivate a great hunting ground. Looking forward to getting away for a while. Also wants to finish school.
-- Also looking forward to becoming more involved in the Grant Wistrom Foundation.
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