Travis Frederick announces his retirement

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Cowboys center Travis Frederick shared some thoughts recently about the impacts that COVID-19 will have on the 2020 season, but he will be watching rather than playing when the season does get underway.

Frederick announced his retirement in a post to Twitter on Monday.

In a long letter, Frederick said he made the decision after “much consideration, discussion, and reflection” and said it was not an easy decision. He also discussed missing the 2018 season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and said he was ready for the next chapter of his life, but that he didn’t feel he could leave without returning to the field in 2019.

He did return and played more than 99 percent of the team’s offensive snaps, but he didn’t feel he was playing at a high enough level to continue.

“I made my return to the field, played well overall, and was selected to the Pro Bowl, but it was a difficult year for me,” Frederick wrote. “Each day I faced a struggle: I could no longer perform at my highest level. Playing ‘well’ is not what I expect of myself and is not what my teammates deserve. Because of this, I know my days as a football player are done. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career, and I walk away with my head held high.”

Frederick was a first-round pick in 2013 and was named a first-team All-Pro in 2016. He was a second-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2015 and made five Pro Bowls in the six seasons he was on the field.

Joe Looney filled in at center for Frederick in 2018 and remains on hand as Dallas adjusts to life without Frederick.

35 responses to “Travis Frederick announces his retirement

  1. Great guy Great player. You do You. Thank You! ….. Now BIG HOLE TO FILL! … good news WE HAVE THE MONEY. His salary is now off the books. Yes we knew about this HENCE why we resigned Looney.

  2. Gotta feel bad for the Colts fans losing two of their best offensive players to what might be termed “early retirement”. I don’t think any team selects an offensive lineman and a QB with thoughts that they may retire in 6 or 7 years. Typically the starters at those positions are 10+ year players, especially when they are really high performers like Luck and Fredericks.

  3. Smart man, best of luck.
    I think we’re going to see more high draft picks calling in a career before 30 based on the risks and bank account. JustIMO.

  4. A true man that can walk away the way he has chosen to, as much as I liked him as a player I like and respect him even more so now..

    I listened to his weekly radio spot on local radio and found him to be extremely intelligent, respectful and generous to his fellow man, and he had quite the lighter side as well, I could wish him well in his future endeavors but there is no doubt in my mind that he will very successful in any arena he chooses to enter..

    I have no doubt that he left a lasting impression on all who had the good fortune to cross paths with him…

  5. WE HAVE THE MONEY? ya you kept all the same players on a team that couldn’t make the playoffs in last years NFC Least…good luck with your new coach…

  6. Meanwhile you have guys like Brady trying to eek out another paycheck despite playing worse last year than a 6th round rookie.

  7. I will miss this guy. But he will not stay retired. He didn’t come back from what he did to walk away. Dallas needs to hold the rights to him. Do not let them go

  8. When us Eagles fans respect you and think you’re a great know you’re good. Wish you a happy retirement. Glad you left on your own terms.

  9. I remember when he was drafted out of Wisconsin. Many analysts thought he was a reach. But he turned out to be one of the best centers through his playing career. Great player and proved his doubters wrong.

  10. Really sad that he didn’t feel he could continue. You could tell he slipped last year but still better than half the centers in this league. That’s a brutal position to play and I applaud him for retiring if he didn’t feel he was up to it. He’s one of the nicest and smartest guys on the team. I’m sure he can do any number of things he sets his mind to

  11. Can’t blame him. At one point, he was the highest paid center in the league. The Guillain–Barré syndrome was no doubt the incident that caused him to lose focus. Not to mention, all the dysfunction in the Cowboys organization. I am sure being away from the game changed his perspective. Once he came back, he decided it wasn’t worth being a toxic environment like the Cowboys.

  12. Glad to see him go out on his own terms – AND, make the Pro Bowl on his way out. Best wishes to Travis and his family.

    P.S. And, who are all these numbnuts downvoting Well Wishes to Travis? Is Football ‘partisanship’ that cold now that you can’t hope for the best for a man going through a tragic disease?

  13. Hell of a guy and player. He’ll be missed but I think everyone is happy for him, after the shock wore off. Glad he’ll be able to retire in good health and can spend his time on better things.

    The Cowboys are fortunate to have kept Looney around for another year, and they have already spent a season without Travis before.

  14. Wish he would have stuck it out, just to give the middle finger to that disease he’s dealing with. I respect that he wants to be better, but c’mon man, part of life is the struggle and you are already one of the 32 best players at your position! At least you were first on the Dallas roster. I guess it’s congrats on retirement. Also, this is not from a Cowboys fan, I dislike that team and its ownership. But I like to see players play. The silver lining is now someone else will have a chance at an NFL job.

  15. Dude was a BEAST of a Center. He will be missed on the football field, but now he can concentrate on what is important in life. Family.

  16. I remember when he was drafted and the Cowboys were panned for drafting a center in round one.

    Ha, how he showed the pundits wrong!

    I’m an Eagles fan and even I liked Frederick. Big loss.

  17. Thank you Travis for everything you have done for the Cowboys. I remember everyone thinking it was such a reach to draft you where we did (admittedly, myself included), but you proved you were worth being taken at that spot; and then some. You will be sorely missed. Good luck in all of your future endeavors.

    – A lifelong Cowboys Fan

  18. calizcowboyz says:
    March 23, 2020 at 6:36 pm
    Great guy Great player. You do You. Thank You! ….. Now BIG HOLE TO FILL! … good news WE HAVE THE MONEY. His salary is now off the books. Yes we knew about this HENCE why we resigned Looney.

    If by “off the books” you mean $11 million in dead cap, then you are correct.

  19. Wow..kind of shocking as he came back a was great..but facing and overcoming a potentially devastating disease probably gives one insight and perspective unknown to most. Just a great player and person..he will be missed..

  20. If by “off the books” you mean $11 million in dead cap, then you are correct.

    ….before June so cap hit is only 4.9 mil , so we still have like 6 mil. of his salary freed up.
    retirement/cut same thing.

  21. Even though he wasn’t the same player, his return last year was impressive. Hope he retains good health in retirement.

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