Jefferson County’s Velasco retiring from NFL, ‘ready for next chapter in life’

Augusta, Ga. (WJBF Sports) — Tuesday afternoon Fernando Velasco and his wife came to Television Park to promote his organization, Right Choices, and its partnership with the United Way. Velasco has had more time this fall to focus on volunteer work with his organization, following his release from the Buffalo Bills in September — which he says marked the end of his football career.

“It’s over, it’s over,” he smiled. “Thank god it’s been a good run. You know, I had a chance to live out my dream — my childhood dream of playing in the NFL. You know, playing at Georgia, playing in college. A lot of fun experiences, but I’m ready to move on to the next chapter of my life.”

Velasco’s eight-year NFL career included six stints with four different teams, highlighted by a Super Bowl appearance with the Carolina Panthers last season.

But now, the Suwanee, Ga. resident is ready to spent more time with his wife, two-year old son and growing his organization.

“The mission I have, and for my foundation as well, is just helping serve young kids and showing them experiences through sports and leadership,” he said. “My wife and I started an organization back in 2010, ‘Right Choices.’ Just figuring out right now what I want to do in the next phase of my life.”

Velasco says he’s considered also considered coaching as another option for life post-NFL.


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