SEATTLE – Four-time Pro Bowl point guard Mike Iupati, who spent the past two years with the Seattle Seahawks, is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.
Iupati announced his decision in an interview with the Spokane newspaper The Spokesman-Review, saying, “My body was telling me it was time to close the door.”
The 33-year-old was a first-team All-Pro in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, who selected him 17th from Idaho in 2010. He made three Pro Bowls in five seasons with the 49ers and one in four seasons with the 49ers. the Arizona Cardinals. He then played in back-to-back one-year deals with the Seahawks, starting 25 games.
Iupati missed six games in 2020 while dealing with knee, back and neck injuries. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll referred to Iupati’s neck injury at the end of the season as a stinger and said it was something he had dealt with earlier in his career. According to The Spokesman-Review, “a chronic neck disease convinced him that he had to quit gambling.”
“I know I’m going to miss it,” Iupati told the newspaper about playing soccer. “But I am somewhat excited. I have four children and I take care of them every day.”
Iupati told the newspaper that his goal was to play 10 seasons in the NFL. Spotrac.com lists him with more than $ 50.75 million in earnings in the field during his career.
Iupati and center Ethan Pocic were Seattle’s two starting offensive linemen since 2020 who were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents. Earlier this month, quarterback Russell Wilson publicly stated his desire for the Seahawks to improve their pass protection.