After several concussions, former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry has decided to retire from football.
Former Ohio State Linebacker Joshua Perry Announces Retirement Due To Concussion Concerns
Former Ohio State linebacker Joshua Perry announced his retirement from pro-football today via an announcement on Twitter.
Perry had struggled through his career with concussions, and has made a decision that was no doubt tough, but one with his long-term health in mind. This comes at a time when more and more research and news continues to come out about health concerns related to head trauma and football.
Perry was a standout linebacker and leader at Ohio State under coach Urban Meyer. He committed to the Buckeyes in 2012 as a four-star linebacker out of Lewis Center, OH, and became a starter in his second season all the way through 2015. He was taken as a fourth round pick in the NFL Draft in 2016.
He was a member of 2014 national championship team and was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection that year — leading the team with 125 total tackles.
Perry had bounced around NFL teams in his short career, and most recently signed with the Seattle Seahawks before the announcement. According to the statement, Perry has had six documented concussions, the last of which with little contact.
He went on to thank many coaches and influences in his life and said he plans on spending more time back in central Ohio.