Earl Thomas publicly stated he will consider retirement in the hours that followed his season-ending broken leg.
While a few weeks have passed, Thomas says his mind is still in a similar place.
“Yeah, I’m kind of enjoying just waking up in the morning without the pressure,” Thomas said. “Peace is starting to return to me, bro, and I think that’s my ultimate goal in life. I just want to have peace. But I can say when I went back to the [Seahawks practice facility] the other day, my competitive juices came right back. I don’t know, man. I’m kind of caught in between right now. … I’m never going to step on a football field half-heartedly. When I go out there, I want to be out there with my balls hanging — don’t want to say my balls hanging, but just — no fear, that’s a better way to say it. But if I have any doubts, I don’t want to play the game.”
Before the season started, ESPN's Bill Barnwell gave Thomas a 95 percent chance of making the Hall of Fame as he had already had five Pro Bowls and three first-team All-Pro before turning 27.