Professional football tight end Jordan Reed announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday, citing lingering symptoms of head injuries.
Reed, who played seven seasons with the Washington soccer team and one with the San Francisco 49ers, has suffered at least seven documented concussions, ESPN reported.
Reed received a brain scan at a neurological facility in Orlando, Fla. In late winter and said the results led to medical professionals recommending that he stop gambling.
“I agree with them,” Reed told ESPN, adding that it had taken some time to make the decision.
“Before, when I had a concussion, I felt better afterwards and I wouldn’t have any lingering effects,” Reed said. “If I hadn’t had any symptoms, I would have continued to play. I agree because I know the reason I’m making this choice is for my family and my kids, so I can be there for them. It’s just time.
Reed, who also had concussions in college, had persistent episodes of blurred vision, USA Today reported.
Reed has had 355 receptions with 28 touchdowns in an injury-riddled career. He missed the entire 2019 season after a helmet-to-helmet collision in a preseason game.
The NFL continues to struggle with the profound effects of repeated head injuries among its players.
A 2017 study found that 99% of deceased NFL players who were examined had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) from degenerative brain disease. A senior NFL official finally admitted a link between CTE and head injuries the year before this study.
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