April 29, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- For the last nine years Sean Considine has chased grown men around the field in a pass-happy NFL. For the foreseeable future, he'll be honing those coverage skills in his hometown of Byron, Ill.
The former Hawkeye and his wife, Nicole, are expecting baby No. 5 in September. The newest member of the Considine offense will join five-year old brother Caden, and 21-month old triplets Cohen, Corben and Hadley, the lone girl, in the new five-wide attack.
"We have a lot on our plate," Considine said Saturday while attending the Hawkeyes' final spring practice. "We have a five-year old, 21-month old triplets, and now old No. 5 is on the way in September, so I've got a lot going on."
That includes an errands list unique to most husbands and fathers. On July 7, rather than stepping out for a gallon of milk or box of diapers, Considine will make a quick run to Baltimore to pick up a Super Bowl ring.
In his first and only season with the Ravens, Considine helped lead Baltimore to a 34-31 win over San Francisco in Super Bowl XLVII. The Ravens were his fifth NFL team, and they may be his last.
"It's looking like I'm probably done," said Considine, who was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft, "but there is a possibility that coach Harbaugh might give me a call in August and at the last second I could end up back in Baltimore."
If Considine has, in fact, played his last game at the professional level, he'll leave on top -- just as he always does. In his final high school game, Considine led Byron to an Illinois state championship. In his final season at Iowa, he led the Hawkeyes to a share of the Big Ten title, and a New Year's Day win over LSU in the Capital One Bowl.
Now only months removed from the greatest stage in football, Considine can exit stage left with a healthy peace of mind.
"It's a great time to transition out of the game, and if things don't work out the next year I'll be perfectly content with that," said Considine.
"Right now I'm kind of mentally moving on. I've got a lot going on with the kids, and I'm looking forward to the next step."
The next step may not be completely removed from football. Considine enjoys helping his best friend coach his hometown football team, and Saturday, he was analyzing the Hawkeyes as an employee of the Big Ten Network.
"To be honest, I didn't really want to jump into the media, but I had this opportunity come up and I thought, 'what the heck' I'll dip my toe in the pool a little bit," he said. "It was really just a good excuse to get back to Iowa City, talk to the coaches, and meet some of these players that I haven't had the opportunity to meet, so I jumped on it."
Considine may be undecided on his broadcasting future, but he knows one thing -- he's going to stay busy.
"I'm definitely not looking to sit around the house too much," he said. "If I'm done playing football I'll find a job real fast, because if I'm at home I'm put to work. I'll have to do something."