Former Buffalo Bills linebacker Aaron Schobel is retiring.

The 32-year-old Schobel said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Monday that he started to lose his passion for playing last season and wants to spend more time with his family.

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Schobel's decision was first reported by
The Bills released Schobel on Aug. 4 after nine seasons. Schobel was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and his 78 career sacks rank second in Buffalo history behind Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.
Schobel lives in Columbus, Texas, about 70 miles west of Houston, and the Texans contacted Schobel about continuing his career close to home this season. Schobel opted to retire, saying that was the best decision he could make.

Oddsmakers from online sports book currently list the Bills as 100/1 long shots to win the 2011 Super Bowl. They’re also 50/1 long shots to win the AFC, are +2000 on the moneyline to win the AFC East Division and have an over/under win total of just 5.5 this season.

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Posted: 8/16/10 2:50PM ET