Tight end Jordan Cameron retires because of concussions

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Jordan Cameron could have kept playing, was cleared to play after his last concussion.

He just didn’t want to anymore.

Cameron told Pat McManamon of ESPN.com that he’s spent so much time thinking about his future, he has decided to retire at age 28.

I started thinking about concussions too much,” Cameron said. “You can’t play football like that.”

In late November, Cameron was still insisting he’d be back, after his fourth concussion in September. He said he felt fine now, but the concerns about his future weighed on him.

“If I didn’t get concussions, I’d probably keep playing,” Cameron said. “It’s one of those things. I can’t risk my mental health in the future. I don’t have any symptoms now. I’m perfectly fine. But they can’t tell me with 100 percent certainty that if I keep playing and I get more concussions, that I’m going to be OK.

“I’m not risking that at all. There’s nothing more important than your health. It’s just not worth it to me.”

Cameron spent the last two years with the Dolphins after four years with the Browns.

10 responses to “Tight end Jordan Cameron retires because of concussions

  1. Here’s a guy who’s walking out on his teammates because he’s thinking about what may happen in the future. I expect that he’ll be properly criticized for putting his own selfish needs ahead of his team.

  2. This article is ridiculous. He’s had too many concussions to continue. Good for him for taking his long term health into consideration over a payday.

  3. He made $15.5M in 6 years. If he lived right, he is in a really nice position to walk away and have good health. Good choice, and good luck!

  4. I think Gronk has played his last down as well. And I believe him when he says he lived off of his endorsement money.

  5. I think Gronk has played his last down as well. And I believe him when he says he lived off of his endorsement money.

  6. Is he thinking about the concussions or is he thinking about the fact that he was exposed as a product of Clevelands offense and it was questionable whether any team including the Dolphins would want him anyway (let’s not forget he’s been saying repeatedly he’d be back). It is the right move but to act like a guy who went from pro bowler to highest paid guy on IR on a team that probably regrets signing him is him being noble is pretty far fetched since I’m pretty sure he’s keeping the money he got paid for modeling a Dolphins jersey for a few games.

    Considering the timing of the retirement (after the league year) My bet goes to Miami informing him they were moving on and he instead chose retirement instead of trying to convince a team he’s not damaged goods.

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