Padecky: Sonoma Valley's Tony Moll loving life after NFL career

  • 12/10/2006: C7: Green Bay Packers rookie right tackle Tony Moll has made a name for himself with his blend of strength and quickness off the ball.

SONOMA - Retirement, for too many professional athletes, is walking into a dark room, not knowing what's in it, not knowing if there is a door that leads somewhere to something. The first astronaut launched into space knew more about where he was headed than most pro athletes do as they enter retirement. Because, frankly, they never are asked to think on their` own. Their team does it for them.

"For about 10 months every year," said Tony Moll, the Sonoma Valley grad.

So how is Moll doing these days with a life not organized to the very tick on the clock? After seven years in the NFL, Moll now can eat what he wants, wake up when he wants, stare at his navel for as long as it suits him and call it a heck of a day. His life is now finally his and one gets the sense where it is after he talks about his relationship with the television — the prism in which so many people view their world and their entertainment.

"If the television is on," Moll said, "it's usually tuned to a baby channel."

Moll and his wife, Megan, have a 16-month-old, Stella.

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