Rutgers defensive lineman Julian Pinnix-Odrick is retiring from football without pursuing the NFL, he told NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy.
Pinnix-Odrick, a 2016 co-captain who started all 12 games at defensive end and recorded 10 tackles for loss and five sacks for the Scarlet Knights, said he felt "indifferent" to the game after attending the College Gridiron Showcase in Texas.
"Being out there on the field in front of scouts against good players is no place to be indifferent," he said. "Everything is on the platter to say, 'Go! This is it!' And I wasn't feeling it. Not that I wasn't trying to: I was doing the extra work, but I wasn't excited. It reinforced what I had felt."
A redshirt senior, Pinnix-Odrick earned his degree from the School of Communication and Information, but was perceived as a "stereotypical" student-athlete -- "like being a dumb jock in class, anybody not expecting much of you when you are in a class setting." Now, he hopes to defy those with his future, which he says is to be determined.
"People say, 'You're a football player? You get in all the parties,'" Pinnix-Odrick said. "I'm like, 'Why do people think this? How do people view us?' Imagine if I didn't have football. What else would make me happy? I can translate the things in football that make me happy into something else."