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O'Hara not quite retired

Shaun O'Hara

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I caught up with Shaun O’Hara for a feature on Eli Manning that will run this weekend and he had some interesting things to say about the quarterback from the perspective of a former teammate and a close personal friend.

I was also polite enough to ask O’Hara about himself. He said he’s not retired. At least not really.

“What do they say when you’re in college and you don’t know what you want to major in? Undecided? I think I’m probably there,” he said. “I’m just weighing options. I certainly would love to play another year or two if my body would let me. At this point in my career it’s also got to be the right situation. I’m not 24 years old where I can run out there and beat myself into the ground to try to get a backup position. I think if the right situation came about I would entertain it, but I haven’t made any final decisions one way or the other.”

O’Hara said there were conversations with teams this season, but mostly they wanted to bring him in for a few weeks until someone healed up.

“A lot of the offers were to come in and be a band aid for a couple of weeks and that’s not what I want to do,” he said.

O’Hara said when he and Rich Seubert were rehabbing during the lockout they would often talk about how the work stoppage was helping them and working to their benefit. Then the lockout ended and O’Hara said he was all packed up and ready for training camp. And that’s when he and Seubert were released.

“The lockout probably only would have helped us if it had gone into the season a little further because then teams would have needed guys to come in right away,” O’Hara said. “Looking back on it now it probably hurt us because we weren’t able to be in there rehabbing and we weren’t able to be in there showing them where we were at from a progression standpoint. And at the same time, had there not been a lockout, if they were going to release us they would have done it a lot sooner. March or April. But, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. We’re past it I guess.”


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