Cameron Smith was a 2019 Minnesota Vikings fifth-round pick, and more than two years later, the linebacker announced he was retiring from the NFL.
Smith, 24, played in the Vikings preseason game on Saturday against the Denver Broncos but left the game with a concussion.
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On Wednesday, he announced on Instagram that he was retiring.
“For the past 18 years, football has been such an important part of my life. He provided countless friendships, incredible memories and invaluable lessons that will last a lifetime. When I had open heart surgery last year, I struggled a lot with what I had asked my body to do to play this great game. In the end, I decided that I would. asking too much of him, ”he wrote on Instagram.
“After careful consideration and extensive discussion with my friends and family, I made the difficult decision to retire from the NFL. I know this transition will not be easy, but I am delighted to approach this next chapter of my life with the same passion and pursuit that I did for football. I am grateful and will cherish the many opportunities that have been given to me through football.
“I really appreciate the support of all of my friends, family, the entire Viking organization, USC, Athletes First and everyone who has been with me throughout the process. “
Smith made eight tackles in five games during the 2019 season.
In 2020, he spent the year recovering from open heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect discovered after testing positive for coronavirus.