John Moffitt (American football)

John Moffitt
Moffitt in the 2013 preseason.
No. 74, 72
Offensive guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-10-28) October 28, 1986
Place of birth: Guilford, Connecticut
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 319 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school: West Haven (CT) Notre Dame
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Last played in 2013 for the Denver Broncos
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played 19
Games started 15
Stats at

John David Moffitt (born October 28, 1986) is a former American football offensive guard of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the 11th pick in the third round (75th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin.[1] He retired from professional football during the 2013-2014 NFL season while on the roster of the Denver Broncos.

High school career

Moffitt attended Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Connecticut, US, where he was a two-time all-conference choice as a two-way lineman. As a senior, he made 65 tackles and registered seven QB sacks in 2005. Regarded as a three-star recruit by, he was listed as the No. 13 prospect from the New England region.[2]

College career

Moffitt was a 2010 All-American selection by Associated Press,, and at the University of Wisconsin.[3][4][5]

While some have heralded John's ability to run block, many red flags have been raised about his pass blocking skills. According to, Moffitt is "not very fast" and "lacks real quickness", raising questions about his longevity as an American football guard or center.[6]

Professional career

Seattle Seahawks

Moffitt was drafted number 75 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2011 NFL Draft. Moffitt started nine games in the 2011 season before being injured in the week-13 game against the Baltimore Ravens.[7] His career took a further downside when hit with a four game suspension for using performance enhancing drugs [8]

Moffitt was traded to the Cleveland Browns on August 19, 2013.[9] On August 20, 2013, the trade was rescinded, reportedly due to Moffitt failing his physical.[10] In an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle, Moffitt claimed that Cleveland wanted him to take less money to play there and when he said he wouldn't do that they told him that they were going to fail his physical .

Denver Broncos

On August 20, 2013, Moffitt was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.[10]

Moffitt retired from the NFL on November 5, 2013. He stated that he was unhappy, and did not want to risk his health for money.[11][12]

Personal life

During his time with the Seahawks, Moffitt had several run-ins at Bellevue Square, Lincoln Square and the Eastside’s other Kemper Properties, from which Moffitt was banned in early 2012. After the ban, he was arrested June 14, 2012, for allegedly urinating on a parked car near Bellevue Square mall, and was caught trespassing again that August at Lincoln Square’s Paddy Coyne’s bar. Moffitt was more recently charged with drug possession and battery.[13]


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  2. ^ "Postseason New England top 20 2006". January 21, 2006. 
  3. ^ "Newton, Fairley give Auburn All-American anchors". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. December 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ " 2010 College Football All-America Team". December 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ " 2010 All-America teams". December 8, 2010. 
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  7. ^ O'Neil, Danny (December 6, 2011). "Seahawks' injured rookie John Moffitt hit with four-game suspension". The Seattle Times. 
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  10. ^ a b Brinson, Will (August 20, 2013). "John Moffitt deal to Cleveland rescinded, heading to Denver now". Retrieved August 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "John Moffitt was unhappy, quits NFL". ESPN. November 6, 2013. 
  12. ^ Pesca, Mike (January 29, 2014). "The Man Who Turned His Back On Two Super Bowl Teams — And Why". All Things Considered. NPR. 
  13. ^ 

External links

  • Wisconsin Badgers profile
  • Seattle Seahawks profile
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