It’s not often you hear of a player who passes up another shot at the NFL.
Chances are also pretty good you haven’t heard of Keith Fitzhugh, but he did just that, and for a pretty good reason.
Fitzhugh went undrafted out of Mississippi State in 2009 and spent most of the season with the Jets before being signed off the practice squad by the Ravens just before the playoffs. But he was back with the Jets during training camp this summer, and it was Fitzhugh who got a call from them on Tuesday as the team searched for a player who was familiar with their defense and could provide depth in the secondary after injuries to Jim Leonhard and James Ihedigbo.
He turned them down.
“I told them I’m very thankful for the opportunity,” Fitzhugh told Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “But right now, being that it would be for just a couple weeks, I feel that I’d rather stay with a secure company and job, somewhere I know I could have long-term employment.”
Fitzhugh is currently a train conductor, and steady employment is important to him because he helps support his parents. It’s family first for Fitzhugh.
It’s a pretty unique story, make sure to give it a read.