Former Washington Football Team tight end Jordan Reed announced his retirement from the NFL because of lingering issues from multiple concussions suffered throughout his career.
The 30-year-old Reed visited Orlando’s Plasticity Center in late winter for a brain scan, and said based on the results it was recommended he retire. Reed said: “Before when I had a concussion I would feel better afterwards and I wouldn’t have lingering effects. If I didn’t have any symptoms I would have kept playing. I’m OK with it because I know the reason why I’m making the choice is for family and my children, so I can be there for them. It’s just time.”
Reed played seven seasons with Washington and spent last year with San Francisco, catching 355 passes with 28 touchdowns in a career plagued by injuries. He played 10 games with the 49ers last season, catching 26 passes. Injuries limited Reed throughout his career; he suffered at least seven documented concussions and dealt with soft-tissue injuries as well as knee and toe issues. Fractures in his big toes led to him needing surgery and affected his game over multiple seasons.