The 28-year-old is suffering from heart problems and that is why he decided to step aside.
Rodney gunter, a member of the defensive line of Jacksonville Jaguars, announced that he will withdraw from the NFL due to a serious heart condition, which could be life-threatening.
The former Arizona Cardinals player between 2015 and 2019 signed a three-year, $ 18 million deal in March, with 11 million guaranteed.
The 28-year-old American revealed that doctors told him he was in danger of rupturing his aorta vein if he continued to play.
“These last three weeks have been a difficult pill to swallow,” Gunter said in a statement on Twitter. “Watching my dreams disappear right in front of me has been extremely difficult. After seeing various heart specialists, they told me that if I continued to play with my condition, I could possibly break or tear my aorta, which is enlarged. This can cause sudden death. or a severe stroke, “he added.
“There is a 50/50 chance that the surgery will fix my current health condition. But, at the moment, I do not meet the criteria to undergo the operation,” Gunter said about his condition.
“Right now I can’t play or have surgery, so I have to wait. So right now, the best option for me and my family is to walk away from this game. I appreciate the Jaguars for giving me a chance, and I’m grateful for everyone. those who have believed in me along the way “, thanked the footballer for registering 126 tackles and 11 sacks.
– Rodney Gunter (@ KingRod90) August 16, 2020
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