I believe that Kyle Orton is really retiring. He said that it was a family decision, not an individual decision. I believe that family decisions tend to be more stable and concrete than a individual whim. I also think that 10 years is a long time in a career field, so he is probably satisfied with the amount of work that he has done and has the financial stability to retire.
According ESPN Kyle Orton announced his retirement after 10 seasons on this past Monday. Although the Bills players were surprised, Orton stated that is was a family decision and that he wanted to get home and be a dad. After all he has been doing this for 10 years and it was time to go home to be with his family.
In the past 10 seasons Kyle Orton has made more that $75 million dollars. He been married the majority of that time and has never lived the big money, high dollar life style. I think he feels he has all the money he'll need and values his family and health over playing in the NFL. Smart decision and I wish him well!
After playing for 10 seasons in the NFL, I think Kyle Orton is legitimately deciding to quit the sport of professional football. While it's common for players to announce their retirement and then reverse their decision, I believe Mr. Orton has put personal significance on the 10 year mark and will no longer be a part of the NFL.