Report: Lowell Lotulelei retiring from football

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Utah nose tackle Lowell Lotulelei was one of eight players to sign with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent immediately following the draft earlier this month.

However, Lotulelei’s NFL career has turned out to be rather brief. According to Tony Pauline of, Lotulelei informed the Broncos of his intention to retire from playing football. Instead, Lotulelei intends to pursue a coaching career instead.

Denver waived Lotulelei on Monday.

According to Mike Klis of 9NEWS, Lotulelei returned the $15,000 he received as a signing bonus to the Broncos upon informing them of his decision to walk away from the game.

8 responses to “Report: Lowell Lotulelei retiring from football

  1. Is there a financial benefit to “retirement status” for these young fellows who went undrafted, then signed an offer but never played, much less made it to the season? Seems odd that reports keep coming out that a potential prospect is notifying the team that they are “retiring.” I wonder if they they submit retirement paperwork to the league?

  2. Whatever the case, returning the bonus, even though it’s a minuscule amount to an NFL team, shows a good bit of integrity. Some guys make them go to court or try to keep some of it, and I don’t necessarily blame them for doing it, but still. No harm, no disrespect, I hope his coaching career goes well for him.

    All of the rest of y’all knocking should take a step back and consider that Lotulelei made this decision in his own best interest. He didn’t do or say anything disrespectful, he just chose another career path. Let him be.

  3. He probably realized he was a long-shot to make the team and decided to spare his body all the punishment. Best of luck.

  4. “whenwilliteverend says:
    May 15, 2018 at 10:15 am
    He probably realized he was a long-shot to make the team and decided to spare his body all the punishment. Best of luck.”

    He actually had a really good shot to make the 53-man roster because the only other nose tackles the Broncos have are Domata Peko (who is getting old) and his younger cousin, Kyle Peko (who Lotulelei probably could have beaten out for the backup job).

    It’s a curious decision, but I expect it probably had to do with longterm health as you suggested. I hope he gets a coaching job and has plenty of success.

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