Linebacker Ted Johnson Retires
By Patriots Insider Staff
FOXBOROUGH The New England Patriots just received a surprise update to their roster today when veteran linebacker Ted Johnson walked into camp and announced his decision to retire.
The following is Johnson's statement:
"It is with deep regret that I have decided to retire from football. The decision was not an easy one, but life sometimes has a timetable all its own. I can no longer ignore the severe short- and long-term complications of the concussive head injuries I have sustained over the years.
"Coming to New England 10 years ago gave me a lot more than the three Super Bowl rings I now own. I also found my family here and a strong community that has welcomed me as one of its own. I have forged strong friendships with many teammates past and present. I have had the honor of playing for some of the greatest coaches this game has ever known. I have enjoyed incredible support from the most passionate fans and had the opportunity to play a kid's game, if only for a while. I will miss every bit of it.
"The Kraft family has believed in me from the beginning. They have gone above and beyond in making me feel a part of their Patriots' family. I am proud to have been associated with the legacy they have created.
"Although it saddens me that this chapter in my life is over, I look forward to future endeavors with excitement and optimism. My hope is that I have given football as much as it has given me. Because of this game, I have been blessed with opportunities I used to only dream about. For this, I will be forever grateful.
"Thank you all."
~ Ted Johnson
We will be bringing you more on Johnson's decision and it's impact on the team's depth. Stay tuned.
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