Concussions weren’t a factor in Jared Allen’s retirement decision

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Veteran defensive end Jared Allen decided to retire from the NFL at the age of 33. That will cause many to wonder (and some to hope) that Allen walked away due to concerns about head injuries.

During a Friday appearance on PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, I asked Allen how much of a factor concerns about concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephelopathy were in his decision-making process.

“None,” Allen said. “I mean I’ve been blessed . . . maybe I’ve had one or two concussions my entire life. I’ve been blessed. I rocked that old school Riddell helmet for a long time. I think I knew that thing’s limitations but that wasn’t a factor for me. I mean overall health is always a factor just from the body breaking down but more importantly too it’s when you get older and you don’t have time to put six hours in the gym anymore.

“Football is a game where you get out of it what you put into it. You’ve got to be able to train your body and hone everything you got throughout the offseason to have a successful season. Like I said, it’s that coagulation of when getting up and getting in the gym isn’t the first thing on your mind anymore then that’s when I think you put yourself at a greater risk for injury because you’re not gonna be at your best when you get out there. So I think that for me overall health and just the ‘want to’ to train at the level I have before and it was time to walk away.”

I couldn’t let Allen walk away from the interview without asking whether he remembers a story he told on the old web-only PFT Live in 2011 about facing former Vikings teammate Ray Edwards, who had signed with the Falcons.

“When I told him if he hit my long snapper I was gonna flick him in his junk,” Allen said, without hesitation.

I reminded him that the actual quote was that he would hit Edwards “square in the wiener.”

“Yeah, right in the weiner,” Allen said. “I didn’t know if I could say ‘wiener’ on the radio.”

He could and he did. If you missed the interview, check out the podcast at iTunes or audioBoom.

15 responses to “Concussions weren’t a factor in Jared Allen’s retirement decision

  1. Seems like a silly question to ask him. It’s quite obvious to anybody that watches football that he retired because he simply wasn’t good enough anymore to be a full time player (or part time?).

  2. Not ever player who has concussions on the front of / in the back of their mind when retiring is going to admit to it.

  3. Irishgary, Brett did. All those records he set were with the Vikings too, except the consecutive game one.

  4. Allen is always entertaining. One of my favorite players….even if he played on my least favorite team. Sorry to see him go.

  5. irishgary says:
    Apr 15, 2016 12:58 PM
    There had to be something wrong in his head if he wanted to retire as a Viking.

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    He probably wanted to escape the embarrassment and association with a QB too afraid to even attempt to recover his own fumble with the SB on the line.

  6. Hope he does some media in his post playing career — he not only never spouted of the same old clichéd crap, but taught us we say weiner on the radio.

  7. @boomboombrown

    Bret wanted to retire a Viking??? Please provide some facts on that one. View the clip of his Packet HOF induction speech.

    His TD record was set AGAINST the Vikings on a pass to Antonio Freeman. Remember him?

    Favre did add to his highest interception total while a Viking, I remember one in particular against the Saints.

    Maybe you should do a little research before posting such nonsense

  8. irishgary says:
    Apr 15, 2016 4:38 PM
    @boomboombrown

    Bret wanted to retire a Viking??? Please provide some facts on that one. View the clip of his Packet HOF induction speech.

    His TD record was set AGAINST the Vikings on a pass to Antonio Freeman. Remember him?

    Favre did add to his highest interception total while a Viking, I remember one in particular against the Saints.

    Maybe you should do a little research before posting such nonsense
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    The TD record record was set against the Vikings, however the pass went to Greg Jennings.

    Maybe you should do some research yourself.

  9. Like I said, it’s that coagulation of when getting up and getting in the gym isn’t the first thing on your mind anymore then that’s when I think you put yourself at a greater risk for injury because you’re not gonna be at your best when you get out there.

    Kinda wish he thought that way before signing that “blockbuster deal” with the Bears. But hey, he’s a great guy in my book. Big heart. He’s another guy that has a good career ahead of him in the media.

    It’s not his fault that a second-rate, way over his head GM threw the checkbook at him.

  10. @queenfan23

    Yeah I had it right on the original post, but not on the second.

    Funny you didn’t have any remarks about the rest of the post

    Freeman had the great catch to beat the queens on Monday night in the rain

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