Offensive lineman Anthony Davis of the San Francisco 49ers announced his retirement on Friday, but left open the possibility of returning in the future.
The retirement is shocking because Davis is just 25 years old and is walking away from millions in potential earnings. The move is also the latest blow to the NFL as more players are deciding that the game is not worth the risks.
Davis has already earned $US28 million in five years in the NFL, according to Spotrac.com. He signed a five-year, $US33.2 million contract with the 49ers prior to the 2013 season and still had $US23.0 million left on that deal, including a $US2.3 million in salary and bonuses for the 2015 season.
In announcing his retirement, Davis cited the desire to let his brain and body heal, but also left open the possibility he could return to the game down the road.
“After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s OK … I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. I’m simply doing what’s best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.”
Davis later took to Twitter to reiterate that he does plan to be back “in a year or so.”
I’ll be back in a year or so.. I’ll be 26 or 27 years old. Im taking this time to allow my Brain and Body time to heal and recoup.
— Anthony Davis (@BamDavis_) June 5, 2015
Davis started every game in his first four seasons after being the 11th pick of the 2010 draft. However, he missed nine games in 2014 because of a concussion as well as multiple leg injuries.
Davis is the fifth NFL player age 30 or younger to retire since the end of the 2014 season, including two of Davis’ former teammates, Patrick Willis (foot injuries) and Chris Borland (said football isn’t worth the risks).
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