Bengals LB Trevor Roach: Losing love for football led to retirement

The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off training camp Friday, July 29 at their practice fields near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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The Cincinnati Bengals kicked off training camp Friday, July 29 at their practice fields near Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Trevor Roach was far from a household name during his time with the Bengals, but his words on the way out of town might make him a little more memorable.

"Once I realized I didn't love football like I used to, it wasn't worth going forward," Roach told Bengals.com in regards to why he is retiring from football at . "The money's good, but that's not why I got into it. When I started showing up and it felt like work, that's when I knew it was time."

Perhaps not coincidentally, the real love of Roach’s life, his wife, lives in Omaha, Neb., where she is a nurse.

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That was also a factor in the undrafted free agent from Nebraska deciding two years trying to make a go of it in pro football were enough.

“She really loves her job and we would have been living apart again for a lot of the year,” Roach said. “There were a couple of factors, but mainly it was falling out of love with it. And I want to start my own career and I’ve seen guys play for 10 years and have their bodies beat up and I didn’t want to do that.”

Of course, it is also worth noting Roach was far from an established member of the team, something that might have made the often emotional decision to give up the game easier.

He played in four games last season after making his NFL debut in the playoff loss to the Steelers during his rookie year.

Roach leaves behind eight linebackers on the active roster in Cincinnati, where an infusion of youth could be in order this year.

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