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Former Utah OL Isaac Asiata Announces Retirement From NFL

Isaac Asiata #68 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates the Dolphins' win as he walks with Tani Tupou #74 of the Atlanta Falcons after their preseason game at Hard Rock Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former University of Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata announced his retirement on Twitter from the National Football League.

Asiata recently signed with the Buffalo Bills on July 22, but has decided to step away from the game for good.

He stated on Twitter that he wasn’t fully invested in football and had dealt with what happens next.

Asiata was drafted in the fifth round, 164th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. After spending two seasons in Miami, he was waived on June 6, 2019.

He had a very successful career at Utah as he was a leader on a talented offensive line. Asiata was named second team All-Pac-12 in 2016 and was awarded the Morris Trophy, which is given annually to the best offensive and defensive lineman in the Pac-12 and is selected by opposing players.

Asiata mentioned that after the Dolphins released him started to get him thinking about retirement.

“Back in April, after I was released by the Dolphins, all of those emotions and fears that I carried with me disappeared as the ‘unknown’ and ‘what’s next’ became a reality.