The NFL may have larger rosters than most professional teams, but it’s hard to sustain a career into your 30s. One tight end has realized that today.
On Wednesday, 31-year-old tight end Luke Willson announced his retirement from the NFL. The announcement comes mere minutes after he was released by the Seattle Seahawks, which came about one day after he was signed.
Taking to Twitter, Willson said that this offseason has been difficult due to his hospitalization for severe pericardial effusion. He offered his thanks to the Seahawks organization, the 12s and his hometown of LaSalle, Ontario. But he also admitted that he has no idea what to do next.
“After signing with the Seahawks yesterday, I have decided to walk away from the game of football,” Wilson wrote. “This offseason I went through some health issues and spent numerous days in the hospital with a severe pericardial effusion. That situation has really challenged me as an individual and changed my perspective on a lot of things with regards to my life. After reflecting on everything yesterday and being in the building, I have decided that it’s time for me to begin with the next chapter of my life.”
— Luke Willson (@LWillson_82) August 25, 2021
Luke Willson was a fifth-round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in every game as a rookie, and got to be a part of their Super Bowl 50 win over the Denver Broncos.
Willson was hardly an elite receiver, but he was money in the clutch. 64 of his 111 receptions went for first downs, plus 11 touchdowns.
In eight NFL seasons, Willson spent 6.5 with the Seahawks, one with the Detroit Lions and half a season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Good luck in retirement, Luke!
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