Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah retiring, citing concussions

AP

Another NFL player is retiring when he seemingly has some football left in him, citing his health as a priority.

Veteran safety Husain Abdullah announced this morning on his Instagram page that he’s hanging it up after seven seasons.

The Chiefs free agent thanked his teams (he started as an undrafted free agent with the Vikings), but said there were “numerous deciding factors in my decision, with personal health being foremost.”

“Sitting for five weeks last year after suffering the fifth concussion of my career, I had a lot to contemplate,” he wrote. “My goals moving forward are to be of benefit to my family, my community, my country and hopefully the world. Having a sound mind will be vital in accomplishing these goals.”

Commissioner Roger Goodell has effectively scoffed at the idea that players are walking away at a higher rate, or that it’s a player safety issue.

But hearing yet another player citing it on his way out the door adds another brick to the anecdotal wall.

23 responses to “Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah retiring, citing concussions

  1. Andy Reid cares more about his next cheeseburger than he does any concussed player…

  2. I think it’s obvious Goodell doesn’t see the forest thru the trees (on players leaving early because of health concerns)

  3. key2heat says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:15 AM
    Or was he not going to be resigned?
    ——————
    The Chiefs or another team would’ve inked him. He’s no scrub.

  4. And there will be plenty of early retirements in which players do not explicitly state concussion brain damage as the reason…but that’ll be the reason.

  5. Let’s take a count of total number of players who’ve ever played in football in the NFL, then take the number of players who have been diagnosed with CTE, however, you look at it I’m sure the have’s are far less than the haven not’s.

    My other point, why is there this outcry about the NFL and head injuries, and yet not one of these people crying over it has said a word about sports that are far more violent/dangerous such as MMA, boxing etc., and for those politicians on the hill who are claiming to be so worried, how about the dangers and repercussions our military, police, fireman/women are put through on a daily basis…and these folks get paid far less and have a much riskier profession. The bottom line for each of these occupations everyone involved knows the risk, however, some aren’t paid as lavishly as those who play a GAME!

  6. key2heat says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:15 AM
    Or was he not going to be resigned?
    ———————

    Even if that were the case in KC, with at least 10 teams needing safety help and others lacking depth how would that be cause for retiring?

  7. Let’s take a count of total number of players who’ve ever played in football in the NFL, then take the number of players who have been diagnosed with CTE..
    You do realize that CTE can only be diagnosed after a player dies, right? You can’t use a comparison of everyone who has ever played the game to the number of them diagnosed. The correct comparison is the number of former players that have died who have allowed their brains to be studied and showed signs of CTE, to those that didn’t show signs. Have there been ANY former players brains that have been studied that didn’t show signs of CTE? I don’t know, but I haven’t heard of any.

  8. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:08 AM

    key2heat says:
    Mar 28, 2016 9:15 AM
    Or was he not going to be resigned?
    ———————

    Even if that were the case in KC, with at least 10 teams needing safety help and others lacking depth how would that be cause for retiring?

    Well, you made a point about teams needing Safety help, my team being one of them, that being said, if no other team has contacted him or his agent knowing that teams are in need of Safety help is probably why he decided to call it a career…if you’re own team and others haven’t called might as well retire.

  9. Let’s just outlaw football. That would solve this “problem”. While we are at it, let’s outlaw soccer (which has a lot more concussions than you might think), hockey, boxing, MMA, etc.

    Then let’s get rid of the risk of driving by making everyone walk (with an annually government reviewed helmet of course).

    Where does it stop?

    These guys don’t have a gun pointed at their head to play. Lay out as much info as possible and if they want to play then sign the waiver and move on. If not, then that’s fine too.

  10. He quit on MN for religious reasons, then came back…so this is not unexpected. However, he was a good player & 5 concussions is plenty of reason to walk away.

  11. With so much confusion about health and football, you don’t necessarily need parents to prevent kids from playing, kids take notice of athletes walking away leaving money and fame because they are concerned about what football is going to do to them long term. Kids will stop playing on their own.

    Kids looking at sports don’t care what doctors & league office are saying, kids are watching and listening to the athletes. Kids listen to what their friends are saying. If the other professional sports leagues take notice, they should be dumping real money into the growth of youth leagues. Football is in the cross hairs. Soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse could think long term development.

  12. On a defense full of studs abdullah is a very underated and versatile player. That defense is really going to miss him.

  13. Let’s take a count of total number of players who’ve ever played in football in the NFL, then take the number of players who have been diagnosed with CTE..

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The way that you diagnose CTE is by dissecting the brain. This does not have a beneficial effect on the living and is a pretty useless process on those who have been buried for a significant amount of time.

    Part of the reason this debate is getting so out of hand is that people simply don’t understand the science, or frankly, science in general. At first blush, you’d say that 90% of brains studied showing signs of CTE would be slam dunk evidence. Then you look at the fact that all of those brains were being studied because families thought that they may have been suffering from CTE. Biased studies provide biased results.

    A real study, with control groups and randomly selected subjects, would need to be conducted in order to draw any semi reliable conclusions. That was something that was in the process of happening when the NFL pulled their funding from the study being conducted by Boston University because the NFL wasn’t going to be allowed to bias the study by selecting the researchers.

  14. good for him. but lets be honest here. if his health was top reason for retiring. then why did he wait until now to announce. because now he knows his lack of value in free agency.
    not knocking his decision, its his life, his choice.
    my issue with some guys leaving game citing concussions or health, might be more about lack of desire to play any more, which again, is there right.

    lets just be honest please

  15. “good for him. but lets be honest here. if his health was top reason for retiring. then why did he wait until now to announce. because now he knows his lack of value in free agency.
    not knocking his decision, its his life, his choice.
    my issue with some guys leaving game citing concussions or health, might be more about lack of desire to play any more, which again, is there right.

    lets just be honest please”

    Abdullah is a credible deep man, a stout run support player, and better in man coverage than his teammate Ron Parker. He’d have no trouble finding work if it was what he wanted.

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