Chris Snee mulls retirement but plans to play in 2013 (and next week's Pro Bowl)

Chris Snee celebrates against the New England Patriots

Chris Snee celebrates against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Feb. 5, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

Chris Snee has played nine grueling NFL seasons with the Giants. He’s starting to consider how much longer he will come back for the punishment.

“It started after the Super Bowl last year,” he told today after a workout at the team’s facility. “That was when I physically felt shot. I said, ‘If I went through that again, I would be done.’ This year, it was just the hip (injury that will require surgery after the Pro Bowl) … Other than that, I kept myself in great shape and, physically, I felt better than I have in two or three years.

“That being said, I’m getting older and you can’t do the same things you could four or five years ago,” he continued. “If you’re looking for the same player I was when I was 26, you’re not going to find anyone who, I’m 31 tomorrow (Jan. 18), can do what they could do when they were 26. Do I still think of myself as one of the top guards? Yes, I do.”

So do others. Snee was voted to the Pro Bowl, a game he will play in next weekend. He is postponing his surgery until after that game so he can enjoy the experiences in Hawaii with his family and teammates. Because at this point in his life, in his career, Snee doesn’t know how many more years he’ll be around.

“Right now my mindset is year-to-year,” he said. “That’s all you can focus on. I sat down with my wife after this year and decided if I wanted to do it again. It’s a grind. There’s a lot that goes into it mentally and physically, but I couldn’t see myself walking away just yet.”

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