Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah announced his retirement from the NFL on Instagram Monday morning, citing concussion concerns as a chief proponent in his decision.
This is what Abdullah wrote in the caption portion of his Instagram post:
“After 7 years in the NFL, I am retiring. I would like to thank the Minnesota Vikings for giving me an opportunity to make the team after going undrafted in 2008. I experienced a great deal of growth both as a football player and as a person during my 4 years in Minnesota. Thank you. The Kansas City Chiefs will forever have a special place in my heart. After sitting out of football to fulfill my Hajj Pilgrimage in 2012, The Chiefs were the first to call. The three years I spent playing for KC may have been the most enjoyable football experience in my entire life. Thank you. There are 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. 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. Thank you to everyone I’ve crossed paths with during my time as a player. You’ve had an impact on my life for the better. Thanks for the love and support. It’s greatly appreciated. #chiefskingdom#Peace✌?“
Abdullah started 45 games in his seven-year career. He racked up 203 tackles, six interceptions (two for touchdowns) and notched 2.5 sacks.
His retirement doesn’t come as much as a surprise as some others in recent seasons but still is unexpected. He was a 16-game starter for the Chiefs in 2014 and would appear to still have some good years ahead of him.
However, as we’re starting to see more regularly, Abdullah is looking at his long-term health as the more important factor than any short-term glory on the gridiron.
This is likely going to be a growing trend as the dangers of CTE come more and more into the light. Concussions can cause long-term and irreparable damage that can lead to violent and erratic behavior that ruins the life of players who have it and the people they love.
We wish Abdullah and his family well as he moves on to other things in life.