Rodney Gunter Retired : With many players opting out due to the pandemic Jacksonville Jaguars Rodney Gunter surprised everyone as he announced his retirement.
The reason for his retirement?
In an official statement, he explained his emotional turmoil, and waved goodbye to the Jaguars.
“These last three weeks have been a hard pill to swallow,” Gunter said. “Seeing my dreams vanish right in front of me has been extremely difficult. After seeing several heart specialists, I was told if I continue to play ball with my condition, I could possibly rupture or tear my aorta — which is enlarged. This can cause sudden death or a severe stroke.
“There is a 50/50 chance that surgery will fix my current health condition. But, at the moment, I do no meet the criteria to undergo the operation. Those who qualify must have a 5.5+ cm enlarged aorta, while mine measures 5.0 cm. At this time, I cannot play or have the surgery, so I must wait.
“So at this moment, the best choice for me and my family is to walk away from this game. I appreciate the Jaguars for giving me an opportunity, and I’m thankful for everyone who has believed in me along the way. Thank you!”
Rodney Gunter Contract
Gunther had already signed a 3 year off-season deal. He was on the teams non active injury list which has unfortunately ended his career for now. After playing 5 years with the Arizona Cardinals, Gunther player from 2015 to 2018. In 2019 the veteran missed 6 games due to his toe injury putting him on the bench.
He leaves the NFL having played in 77 games with 38 starts, delivering 126 combined tackles, 29 quarterback hits and 11 sacks for his career