Ellis Hobbs all but says he is retiring

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ellis Hobbs has decided to retire from football after a second serious neck injury, but he’s leaving open the slight possibility he’ll give the game one more shot.

The 27-year-old Hobbs told Comcast SportsNet in Philadelphia that a second neck injury in as many season has forced him to consider the big picture.

“Is it really worth it, the game itself?" Hobbs said in the interview. "You're financially OK. You have your health now. There are so many things you can look forward to at the age of 27.

"We throw nothing out the window and we hold all options available," he said. "As of right now we're just taking a break and resting with this (injured reserve)."

He knows it is not an easy adjustment for every player to make. But Hobbs had to be taken off the turf at Lincoln Financial Field on a stretcher last month following a helmet-to-helmet hit on a kickoff return in the game against the New York Giants.

“When you look at such an alarming rate – 70 percent of guys two years out of the league are depressed, divorced, bankrupt,” Hobbs said. “Why do you want to live a life like that? I can look at it in so many ways, but I can look at it in the most positive way – I’m getting out just in time: with my health, my family, and it’s time to move on to the next career.”

But can he definitively say he’s done and he will not try to play again? Of course, he would have to pass a physical and that could be tough.

“Honestly, I’m telling you man, I don’t want to sit here and be one way or the other and come back and have to make a retraction, but if you just listen to the words I’m saying and know who I am personally, then the answer’s there,” Hobbs told CSN. “But for me to come out and just make those statements or say whatever, it’s not businesslike, so keep it like that.”

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