Former Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah announced his retirement on Monday, citing the five concussions he incurred in his seven-year NFL career.
Free agent Abdullah, 30, posted his decision to retire on Instagram and said health concerns were a primary factor.
“There are numerous deciding factors in my decision, with personal health being foremost,” wrote Abdullah, who missed the last five games of last season due to a concussion.
“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,” he added.
Earlier this month, a top NFL health and safety official acknowledged for the first time a link between American football-related concussions and the degenerative brain condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy in testimony at a US congressional hearing.
Abdullah signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008 and played four seasons in Minnesota before signing with the Chiefs as a free agent in 2013 after missing the 2012 season to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
In seven NFL seasons, he recorded 289 tackles in 97 games, with six interceptions and two touchdowns.
“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,” he added.
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