Lost in the ongoing amusement of Mark Sanchez’ infamous “Butt Fumble” was the player who helped make it all possible, and it appears he’s calling it a career.
Former Jets offensive lineman Matt Moore, who was manhandled on that play by Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and shoved right into Sanchez’ way, was a free agent but won’t be joining another team. According to ESPN Dallas Moore had reached an agreement to join the Dallas Cowboys, but couldn’t bring himself to get on a plane and leave his family.
Instead, he’ll pass up $2 million and walk away after 10 years, as he simply felt it didn’t make sense to uproot his family.
“I was wrestling with it all day, going back and forth with my wife and family. Finally, we decided, ‘Let’s go ahead and do it.’ I didn’t sleep at all. I was wrestling with it. I realized it was too late in the game to uproot my family. I called my agent and said, ‘I can’t do it,’ ” Moore told ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini.
As for being part of that historic play with Sanchez, Moore says that it’s not a play that defines his career.
“It’s amusing to me to me that people think it’s so amusing. The way I look at it, I don’t think it should have any link to my career. I don’t think it stands for what I was as a player for 10 years. I really don’t give it much thought,” Moore said.
The reason people think that play is so amusing is because, well, it is: