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HolmeZz
04-25-2005, 01:52 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/04/25/sports/s102935D14.DTL

Vols Offensive Tackle Munoz Quits Football
By ELIZABETH A. DAVIS, AP Sports Writer

Monday, April 25, 2005

(04-25) 10:29 PDT Knoxville, Tenn. (AP) --

Tennessee offensive tackle Michael Munoz decided to quit football after he was not chosen in the NFL draft over the weekend, his father, NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz said Monday.

The All-American started 46 games in his career despite injuries, including a torn rotator cuff that ended his senior year before the Southeastern Conference championship game in December.

Anthony Munoz said his son has not yet decided what he plans to do now.

"When you're not drafted, I think that's a pretty clear indication as Michael has said," Anthony Munoz told The Associated Press. "He'll tell you one door was closed and there's four or five other doors being opened at the same time. It's kind of a divine intervention here."

Michael Munoz, visiting with his family in Ohio, declined to be interviewed by telephone.

He told WNOX radio in Knoxville he is ready to move on.

"I had fun playing football. But I never found my identify playing football," he said. "Football isn't who I am. I knew the day would come when I'd have to walk away from the sport and I'm fine with that. Some people are so wrapped up in it they can't walk away because that's who they are. It's time to make a clean break."

Anthony Munoz believes injuries hurt his son's chances.

Munoz, a team captain for two seasons, had to redshirt his second year at Tennessee because of a knee injury. He has missed some games with other injuries and played through pain at times.

"We were totally shocked that he did not get drafted. He started four years at Tennessee," Anthony Munoz said. "Knowing as many people in the NFL as I do, there was no inkling that that was going to happen."

Anthony Munoz, also an offensive tackle, was the Cincinnati Bengals' No. 1 pick in the 1980 draft.

Michael Munoz was one of the most highly regarded recruits in the country coming out of high school.

Kclee
04-25-2005, 02:00 PM
Pussy. I'm glad Priest didn't go that route.

Mr. Kotter
04-25-2005, 02:03 PM
I'll be shocked if he is REALLY done. I gotta think he's just very diappointed, but some team will lure him into a tryout.

Cochise
04-25-2005, 02:06 PM
He'd be worth a flyer as an UDFA. Why not?

DaKCMan AP
04-25-2005, 02:07 PM
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"We were totally shocked that he did not get drafted. He started four years at Tennessee," Anthony Munoz said. "Knowing as many people in the NFL as I do, there was no inkling that that was going to happen."

No one wants to draft someone with a quitter's mentality.

Mr. Kotter
04-25-2005, 02:09 PM
No one wants to draft someone with a quitter's mentality.

My guess is this is his pride talking; highly recruited, Virginia....his pedigree--he's just angry right now. He could bounce back, but it does make you wonder doesn't it?

ct
04-25-2005, 02:10 PM
Just sounds like a guy who knows he'll never ever live up to expectations. Look at who he'll always be compared to!

buddha
04-25-2005, 02:10 PM
The injury was not what kept him from getting drafted. This soft as velvet mentality is more to the point.

Wallcrawler
04-25-2005, 02:12 PM
No one wants to draft someone with a quitter's mentality.



Eh...WTF are you talking about?

He didnt have a quitter's mentality during the draft. He played all through college, he just had injuries that hurt his chances.


He didnt decide to pursue another career until he did not get drafted by any team in the league.

KC Kings
04-25-2005, 02:13 PM
No one wants to draft someone with a quitter's mentality.
There are tens of thousands of college ball players. 99% of them don't get drafted and are forced to find a job like every other college graduate. He used his name and ability to get his education paid for. Sounds like a good plan to me.


Whiner? Maybe, but calling somebody that is facing reality like a man a quitter is a little out of context. He is no Eric Couch, he is just moving on with his life.

Ultra Peanut
04-25-2005, 02:47 PM
He didn't quit, he retired.

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tommykat
04-25-2005, 02:51 PM
Better than pulling a Ricky Williams down the road.

ct
04-25-2005, 02:53 PM
Let's also keep in mind here some other guy that some have labeled a 'quitter'.

Simplex3
04-25-2005, 04:18 PM
No one wants to draft someone with a quitter's mentality.
*cough*Denver*cough*Clarrett*cough*

jcroft
04-25-2005, 04:21 PM
He'd be worth a flyer as an UDFA. Why not?

Because he doesnt play football anymore? What makes you think he'd sign a contract?

Skip Towne
04-25-2005, 04:28 PM
He'll be back. Selling insurance isn't all that attractive.

Spicy McHaggis
04-25-2005, 05:38 PM
I think if I were in his situation I would have fielded contract offers and then gone and proven myself at camp. He acts like all NFL players have is their football identity. It's a job. It's a great one. But that doesn't mean that is all you are. If I had a shot at making a living (and a good one) playing the game I loved, you better believe I'd be out there busting my butt and making a roster.

Sure-Oz
04-25-2005, 05:41 PM
His dad needs to teach him a thing or two.

Skip Towne
04-25-2005, 05:48 PM
Damn. And this guy was an All American too. Maybe he has the talent but not the desire.

whoman69
04-25-2005, 06:04 PM
Damn. And this guy was an All American too. Maybe he has the talent but not the desire.
I don't think it has anything to do with desire, but from all the injuries he has sustained. Gotta feel for the kid. With a name like that, he has been wanting this since the day he was born.