LB Joshua Perry Retires From NFL at 24 After Multiple Concussions

Backed against a climate of litigation and growing awareness of brian trauma, the NFL has taken measures to make the game safer in recent years. Unfortunately there is little that can be done to fully prevent concussions. Seahawks linebacker Joshua Perry knows this too well. After suffering his sixth known concussion, Perry announced his retirement today.

“The last thing I want to do is put the health of my brain and my future wellbeing in jeopardy over a game and a paycheck,” Perry wrote in a Twitter post. He is just 24.

Perry was drafted by the Chargers in 2016, starting one game. He was on the Colts roster last year, though saw minimal action before being waived. He was recently picked up by the Seahawks. Perry said he was particularly alarmed at this sixth concussion not only because of the volume but because it occurred on a “pedestrian play.” Read his full announcement: