A lot was made over Chris Snee's decision to delay surgery and play in the 2013 Pro Bowl. Whether the surgery is considered "minor" or not, those on the outside looking in have openly and publicly questioned his decision. But for the New York Giants veteran guard, the decision was an easy one to make, and his family was the only thing he took into consideration.
“The experiences that I’ve had with my kids and my wife and just meeting all the guys; it’s something I couldn’t pass up on. You only get so many of those opportunities in life and I’m going to cherish every one of them," Snee told Giants.com. "With the experience that I have with my kids, I can put off the surgery for three or four weeks. That’s what this life is about. I’m going to go out there; we’re going to have something we can remember forever."
Although the decision to play in the Pro Bowl was an easy one, continuing his football career is another story. Snee revealed on Thursday that retirement has been a consideration each of the last two years, and that he's working on a year-by-year basis at this point.
“Right now my mindset is year-to-year. 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," Snee said. "If they want me back, I’ll be here in 2013."
Snee acknowledges that he and his wife, Kate, have discussed his future in the NFL each of the last two years, so time is, indeed, winding down for the three-time All Pro. He turns 31-years-old today and may be entering his final NFL season in 2013.
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