At just 24 years old, NFL linebacker Joshua Perry announced his retirement Monday, citing his being recently diagnosed with a sixth concussion and his overall mental health as the primary reason.
“Football has been one of the biggest blessings in my life, but recent concerns about concussions and the health of my brain have led me to step away from the game,” Perry wrote in a statement posted Monday to his Twitter account. “I’ve recently sustained my 6th documented concussion. It wasn’t from a high velocity, big contact play. It was a very pedestrian thing, and that was a huge concern to me. The last thing I want to do is put the health of my brain and my future wellbeing in jeopardy over a game and over a paycheck.”
Perry had been in training camp with the Seahawks, with whom he had signed in June. He was a fourth-round pick by the Chargers in 2016.