Former Sun Devils QB Brock Osweiler retires from NFL
Former Arizona State and seven-year NFL quarterback Brock Osweiler told 9news‘ Mike Klis on Wednesday that he has decided to retire.
In 2011, the 6-foot-8 Osweiler broke the ASU record for most passing yards in a season with 4,036 in his first year as a full-time starter.
He finished his Sun Devil career with 5082 passing yards, 33 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
He was taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by Denver, roughly a month after quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the Broncos.
Osweiler never had a chance to start during his first three seasons due to Manning’s brilliance from 2012-2014.
But the former Sun Devil got his shot in year four after Manning suffered a foot injury, forcing Osweiler to take over under center in Week 11 of the 2015 season.
He went 5-2 as the starter, but in Week 17, head coach Gary Kubiak gave the reigns back to Manning.
The future Hall of Famer looked like a shell of himself, but he played well enough to allow Denver’s juggernaut defense to lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl win.
Osweiler got the ring and left the Mile High City after receiving a four-year, $72 million dollar contract from the Houston Texans.
In 2015, he started 15 games for the 9-7 Texans. Houston won the division and even won a playoff game, but Osweiler struggled throughout the year.
He threw for just 2,957 yards (29th in NFL), had 16 interceptions with just 15 touchdowns and completed under 60% of his throws.
Houston tossed him to Cleveland in 2017 with a second-round pick for a fourth-rounder to lose his contract. There, he was beaten out for the starting job by rookie DeShone Kizer and then released.
For the next two years, he was a spot-starter for the Broncos, who picked him back up in 2017 and the Miami Dolphins in 2018.
He concluded his NFL career with 30 starts (15-15) and threw for 7,418 yards, 37 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.
Plus, his passing yards record at ASU is still intact.
Despite not getting many NFL starts, Osweiler sees the good that comes with the end of his career.
“I have my health,” he told Klis. “I have the ring. There’s a lot of things I still wanted to accomplish. And I have a lot more left in the tank. But, hey, sometimes you don’t get that opportunity. And given that, it’s all good.”