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NFL Safety Concludes Career After Just 4 Years: 'My Well-Being Comes First'

NFL Safety Concludes Career After Just 4 Years: 'My Well-Being Comes First'

Nasir Adderley, safety for the Los Angeles Chargers, declared his retirement on Thursday after having played in the NFL for four years.

After a time of introspection, I have determined that it is time to move on from the sport of football, Adderley declared on Instagram. I have disregarded this thought for a while, but now I'm going to think of myself first. My well-being is the most important thing, and everyone close to me is aware of that.

The twenty-five-year-old sportsperson was chosen in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. According to ESPN, he recently attained unrestricted free-agent status and was not thought to receive a new contract.

Adderley declared, “Realizing my purpose has given me the assurance that I no longer need to be an employee. My mission involves spending more quality time with my family, being a business owner, and following my dream of true independence. It has been an incredible experience to play in the NFL and have the chance to represent the Chargers. Although I feel I have not yet reached my full potential as a player, if it means sacrificing my mental wellbeing, that's not something I'm willing to do.”

Adderley's retirement follows the cautionary advice given by Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones to all NFL players, who, in the previous month, had been warned against consuming any "pills" and "injections" that could potentially lead to injuries that would consequently leave them impaired.

Jones drew attention to an NFL tweet from 2015 which featured his record-breaking leap at the combine that year.

Jones posted on Twitter, "Eight years have brought a lot of modifications. I'm currently unable to sprint or leap due to the damage I obtained from participating in this sport. Don't swallow the medication they provide for you. Do not accept the shots they propose either. If you must, go to an independent medical professional to understand the impact in the long run."

He stated, “Playing in the NFL was a great honor, but I sadly didn't anticipate the price I'd have to pay. To me, no career victory or wealth is worth having to endure chronic pain and disabilities. I wish all the best of luck to those in the 2023 draft class.”


Playing in the NFL was a great honor and opportunity; however, I didn't expect the cost to be so high. In my opinion, nothing should be valued over the well-being of one's body and the avoidance of chronic pain and disabilities. I wish the best of luck to the class of 2023 who will enter the draft.

Byron Jones tweeted on February 25, 2023.