While Jason Taylor, who is both Tom Brady’s off-field friend and on-field enemy, remained in the division by signing with the Jets, another of the men who has gotten his share of hits on the Patriots quarterback may retire.
According to a story in yesterday’s Buffalo News, Bills’ defensive end Aaron Schobel is leaning toward calling it a career after nine seasons and 78 career sacks.
Sixteen of those sacks are of Brady, the most of any opposing player on the QB (as in this picture, when Schobel got the sack and the fumble).
Schobel is “leaning strongly” toward retirement, according to the story, and does not intend to take part in mandatory mini-camp beginning June 23 or Bills training camp. He apparently is growing weary of the physical toll playing has taken on his body, as well as the disappointment of being on losing teams — since being drafted out of Texas Christian in 2001, Buffalo has had just one winning season (9-7 in 2004), and new head coach Chan Gailey is the fourth different man to lead the team since Schobel arrived.
Schobel would also be learning a different position this year, as the Bills are changing to a 3-4 defense, which means Schobel would slide back to outside linebacker.
The primary reason Schobel would retire is to spend time with his young family. Earlier this year, he sold his home in Orchard Park, N.Y. and permanently moved his family (he is married with three children) to Columbus, his small hometown outside of Houston.