Brandon Moore admits he'll get that twitch now and then to play pro football again.
"Oh, I'll have that feeling on Sundays, Sunday nights or Monday nights. But that will pass," said the 1998 West Side grad. "I'll just go out in the backyard and play with my kids."
Wednesday was quite hectic for the New York Jets' free agent All-Pro guard, who had agreed to a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night.
But the next day, Moore couldn't bring himself to board a plane and leave wife Regina and their children, 6-year-old daughter Mikayla and 2-year-old son Isaiah, back in New Jersey.
The 11-year veteran decided to retire instead.
"It's been a long process," Moore told The Times. "I was all for free agency back in March and had talked with Miami earlier. But if I was going to be a free agent, it had to be the perfect fit -- a team with a really good quarterback, playmakers on offense, a good defense.
"The reason I was considering Dallas was I had played four seasons for offensive coordinator Bill Callahan when he was with the Jets."
By retiring, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Moore passed up a reported $2 million this season. He would've received a $500,000 signing bonus, a guaranteed base salary of $1.25 million, and a $250,000 play time bonus.
Much like former Bears' middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, the 33-year-old Moore said he lacked the commitment to compete at a high level.
The standout O-lineman had started 142 of 144 games in his career and every game since 2005.
"We just bought a new home. My daughter's starting first grade," Moore said. "It came down to did I want my family to come with me, to stay back, and did I want to commit to the (NFL) grind?
"I couldn't do it. I have no regrets. I've been truly blessed to live out a dream that started in seventh grade -- to step on the field and have the man across from me respect me.
"I was able to see what sweat, tears, pain and a little blood can get you. I'm most proud of doing all the hard work that goes into sticking with that dream."
Moore and Merrillville grad Eugene Wilson starred for coach Ron Turner at Illinois. Neither was drafted but their dream never died.
Moore said he hadn't talked yet with Jets coach Rex Ryan but had sent him a text.
"I gave it my all. I didn't shortchange myself or the guys around me," Moore said. "That means something today."