Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Jul 2010

Sean Morey Retires

A sad day for the website that launched with a staff consisting of Brown University grads; former Brown player and NFL special teams star Sean Morey has chosen to retire on the eve of the Seahawks training camp.

(H/T: Brad Biggs)

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 31 Jul 2010

18 comments, Last at 19 Dec 2010, 8:23pm by Jane


by billsfan :: Sat, 07/31/2010 - 5:16pm

Y'all still have Zak DeOssie, long-snapper extraordinaire.

Down in West Philadelphia, we've had nothing since Jim Finn (who actually scored a TD, mind you) retired.

(I also like the Eagles)

by R. Carney (not verified) :: Sat, 07/31/2010 - 6:10pm

Sam Bradford gets 78 million without strapping on pads and the first topic on the board is Sean Morey retires? Come on now.

by chemical burn :: Sat, 07/31/2010 - 11:21pm

Holy cow, I hadn't heard that about Bradford on literallly every site that even slightly touches on football!!!! What amazing news!!! It's probably because all those other sites are so busy talking about the retirement of a back-up player with a quirky connection to their work.

Seriously, this is exactly why I love football outsiders: I find little stuff like Sean Morey being from Brown along with the FO guys interesting. I could give a shit what 1st round pick got paid.

by DeltaWhiskey :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 3:49am

You're absolutely right, besides commenters on this site could never discuss the contract in a rationale and respectful way, unlike the commenters on those other sites.

by chemical burn :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 12:15pm

ok, fine, but it a) it doens't have to be either/or and b) everyone knows that Morey is an FO favorite and they don't post extra points links with any kind of coherency. If you really don't care about Sean Morey and want a site to discuss up-to-the-minute newsbreaks, this just isn't the place and it never has been...

by Alex51 :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 10:46pm

Sean Morey's retirement is actually surprising to people who follow football, so maybe that's why it's considered more newsworthy here. I mean, can you really say you're surprised Bradford got a huge contract? He's a #1 overall pick, a quarterback, and he's beginning his career in a year without a salary cap. If he didn't get a ridiculous contract without strapping on pads, that would be surprising.

And really, is $78 million for 6 years really that crazy for a QB? That works out to $13 million/year. 8 QBs had cap hits over $13 million in 2009, and that was with a salary cap. If the cap stays away, or is reinstated but increases like it usually does, he'd probably only be about the 10th highest paid QB in the NFL over the course of his rookie contract. And if the Rams didn't think he'd become a top 10 QB, they probably wouldn't have drafted him #1 overall.

by c_f (not verified) :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 11:41am

Well, at least he received a little bit of fame for being run down by Patrick Willis...

by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 1:17pm

Guy name always make rhink of eels

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 8:35pm

Huh?? How does "Sean" make you think of eels...?!?!

On another page, also from Seattle Times (click name)

"This spring Morey admitted the revelation that the late Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry had brain damage, likely from repeated blows to the head, rattled him."

by Raiderjoe :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 8:40pm

Is poster drunk>?
No such ting as a Sean eel.

for those who dont knwo much about aquatic beasts, moray is tyep of eel. of course, player name is Morey, os spelled diffenrt by one letter, but still can make you think of moray eels when see name Morey.

by billsfan :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 9:17am

One of my favorite Far Side cartoons depicts several eels, apparently at a party, holding martini glasses. The caption: "social morays."

(I also like the Eagles)

by Jimmy Oz (not verified) :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 9:16pm

From the latest PK:

Saturday, 9:35 p.m., Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport

Hustling through the Atlanta airport to make my flight to the next camp (Miami's, in this case), and on the phone I've got one of the very good guys I've covered in my career, Pats/Eagles/Steelers/Cardinals/Seahawks special-teamer Sean Morey. He's explaining his post-concussion-syndrome-prompted retirement, and I ask him: "What do you feel like right now, physically?''

"Like I just finished playing a tough game,'' he said, speaking softly from a Starbucks in Seattle. "Like I'd just made six or seven tackles.''

And, of course, it's been almost eight months since the 34-year-old Morey played. In the past couple of years, it had taken him longer each offseason to get back to his baseline, to feeling well with no lingering headaches from the season. This year, that time never came. And though he signed a multi-year deal with Seattle in the offseason to rejoin Pete Carroll, coach of the team that drafted him from Brown in 1999 (New England), he couldn't live a lie and pretend he was OK. Over the weekend, he was making arrangements to pay back the signing bonus the Seahawks gave him in March.

At least two independent doctors told him he shouldn't play. And as co-chair of the NFL Players Association's concussion and traumatic brain injury committee, Morey knew he couldn't be a good union leader if he swept such an important injury under the rug.

"He's unlike any player I've ever met,'' said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith Sunday night. "In a game known for passion, Sean surpasses that with his dedication to players past, present and future. He's doing more than his part to make the game safer. He has an intensity for all that is right that is, frankly, all-consuming.''

Morey has walked a tightrope as a player trying to be one of the best special-teamers of this era (he was my special-teamer of the decade for 2000-09) and as a union man trying to get his peers to respect the brain trauma that so many players try to hide. "In many ways,'' he told me, "all the education I've gotten on the subject is a curse, but it also gave me the proper perspective to be able to make a decision like this one. I am held to a higher standard, and I should be. I owe it to the players in the game to help make changes that will help players going forward.''

Carroll told his first Seattle team about Morey's decision at his first team meeting the other night. He said Morey scratched and clawed to make the NFL, that his way to the league was paved with hardship and being cut multiple times. He even drove to Foxboro once in a furniture truck for a company he worked for, trying to get the Patriots to take another look at him after he'd been cut. That, Carroll said, is the kind of player he wanted with the Seahawks, and the room broke out in applause for Morey.

When Morey knew he had to tell Seahawk GM John Schneider and Carroll his decision last week, Carroll took it well. He picked up a football, and the two men went out to the field. They played catch.

"You know,'' Carroll said to Morey, throwing the ball in a tight spiral, "people ask me the best part of my job. I tell them, 'I get to go out and play catch.' ''

A couple of days later, the memory made Morey go quiet.

"That,'' he said, "was a nice touch. Football's the kind of game you love so much that you want to hold on 'til it throws you off. Because someday, for all of us, it will throw you off, no matter how tight you try to hang on.''

by andrew :: Sun, 08/01/2010 - 4:24pm

This gives me a great chance to mention Steve Jordan, who was a terrific tight end for the Vikings in the 80s. And went to Brown...

by idembsky :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 8:36am

SEAN!!! What a great player he was at Brown. Destroyed just about every Ivy League receiving and kickoff return record there was.
I remember tearing down the goalposts when he led us to an Ivy League title. We still have one of the uprights in the basement of our fraternity house.
Take care Sean, and thanks for the memories.

by fillylabinga (not verified) :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 10:27am

If Buddy Farnham makes the Patriots roster this summer he will need to thank Morey for carving out the Brown WR to NFL special teams player route. Once is an accident twice a flood...NFL teams send your scouts to Providence!!

by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified) :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 11:56am

Retired on the eve of training camp? Way to leave the team in a lurch. It's always a me-first prima donna act with these Ivy Leaguers.

by Jane (not verified) :: Sun, 12/19/2010 - 8:23pm

Whoever you are your comments a wonderful human being is rude and ignorant.
Sean Morey is the kind of person every mother wants thier son to to aspire to become.
when in his presence, he NEVER acted as if he were better then anyone else.
So, if you do not know hin personally, your comments are worthless.
This is a man of HONOR !!!!!!!!

by Jane (not verified) :: Sun, 12/19/2010 - 8:23pm

Whoever you are your comments a wonderful human being is rude and ignorant.
Sean Morey is the kind of person every mother wants thier son to to aspire to become.
when in his presence, he NEVER acted as if he were better then anyone else.
So, if you do not know hin personally, your comments are worthless.
This is a man of HONOR !!!!!!!!