Redskins fans may not remember David Bruton from his brief tenure in Washington. The safety and special teamer barely played in his single season with the Redskins in 2016 due to a concussion suffered in early October. He was placed on injured reserve and later released.
He couldn't have known it at the time, but that injury would be the end of his career. Bruton, who played seven seasons in Denver prior to arriving in D.C., announced his retirement Monday.
Suffering six concussions in eight years in the NFL contributed to the decision.
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“I’m burnt-out, definitely worry about my health," Bruton said, via ESPN. “Another season was cut short by a concussion [in 2016] – that’s six."
"I’m a guy who likes to use his brain. Especially back in school, I need as many brain cells as possible with all these science classes. It came down to health, and I’ve definitely had my time in the league. I’m ready to move on."
He also shared the announcement on his Instagram account.
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#ThankYouAll After 8 years in the NFL, I am calling it a day in the league. I want to thank everyone who helped me a long the way. This decision did not come easy being that I've done this for so long and my love for the game, but it comes to an end for everyone and mine is on July 24, 2017. Thank you to my family, friends, Pat B., the Bowlen Family, the Broncos, the Redskins and the fans. It's been a hell of a ride and a lot of stories to pass down to future ball players. #MuchLove
As for what's next, the Notre Dame graduate is pursuing a career in physical therapy. He has already returned to school at the University of Colorado-Denver.
Bruton also has plans to work alongside training staff when Broncos training camp opens on Thursday.