NEW YORK: The Buffalo Bills’ 23-year-old linebacker A.J. Tarpley said on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) he is retiring after one NFL season because of repeated concussions in his playing career.
Tarpley made the announcement on Instagram.
“After months of introspection, I am retiring from football,” he wrote. “I suffered the 3rd and 4th concussions of my career this past season and I am walking away from the game I love to preserve my future health.
“This decision is the hardest I’ve made yet but after much research and contemplation I believe it’s what is best for me going forward.”
Tarpley played in 14 games for the Bills last season after being undrafted out of Stanford. He had eight tackles and two interceptions.
Tarpley is just the latest player to walk away from the NFL over concussion concerns.
Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was a free agent when he announced in March that he was retiring after seven seasons in the NFL.
Former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland walked away last year at 24 as the league continues to grapple with concern over the dangers of head injuries in the game.
In April of 2015 the league agreed to settle a lawsuit and pay $765 million to about 5,000 former players to cover health claims linked to concussion and head injury.