Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Mike Person announced his retirement from the NFL over the weekend. Person played over 2,000 snaps during the past two seasons for the Niners. His durability was quite valuable to San Francisco as Person was one of the few linemen that didn’t suffer an injury that caused him to miss significant time. The team released Person on March 19 of this year.
Person cited aches and pains and a desire to spend more time with his wife and three children. From the link above, Person said, “I just feel like now is the right time. Obviously, I wish it would have ended differently, especially this past season. You take a beating, and anybody who’s played knows that. At some point, you just have to tell yourself now is the right time. My kids are getting older, and most likely, I’d spend the entire season away from them if I were to sign with someone. I’ve missed too much already.”
The Montana native told me his family lived in Columbus, Ohio, when I sat down with him and Laken Tomlinson for ten questions during the Super Bowl media week. It’s awesome that Person gets to retire on his terms and spend more time with his family. During the sit-down, Person said his two biggest heroes were his parents. He also said he wants to coach if he’s not playing, so perhaps we haven’t seen the last of Person.