A new New Orleans Saints undrafted free agent has already retired from football
By Bob Garcia
Alex Hoffman was just recruited by the Saints last month, but is hanging up his cleats
Hopes of seeing New Orleans Saints rookie Alex Hoffman wear the team’s jersey have faded after the undrafted offensive lineman from Carroll College announced earlier this week that he is retiring from the NFL. Hoffman had signed as an undrafted free agent contract with the Saints during the recent 2021 NFL Draft, but it appears that effort was for nothing.
During his time at Carroll College, Hoffman, as captain during his senior season, led the school to its first Frontier Conference Championship and its first NAIA Football Championship Series appearance since 2014, which demonstrates his outstanding abilities as a leader and as a player himself. During this spring, he played a total of five games and led the offense to average around 200 yards on the ground per game, while also earning first-team All-American honors.
It is clear to say that because of these great accomplishments, the Saints began to show great interest in the player, and it was for that reason that, sometime after the conclusion of the NFL Draft, the team offered him a contract and a $1,000 signing bonus to come to camp.
Although the decision now is not consistent with his earlier comments after signing the contract, Hoffman had said, “It’s something that when I came to Carroll I didn’t expect at all. To be chosen by an NFL team as an offensive lineman, I never would have imagined. My coaches at Carroll knew where my future was and put me in positions to succeed and I’m thankful for that.”
It has not yet been stated why Hoffman decided to leave a sport he excels in, but there should certainly be more updates in the future.