Tyreek Hill announces plans to retire after 2025 season
In a rather shocking, sudden series of events, Tyreek Hill has announced his plans to retire after the 2025 season, which would make him 31 years old at the time of his retirement.
It’s a decision that frankly has come out of nowhere, as Hill hasn’t expressed any desire to retire in years past, making this news all the more shocking.
Hill is currently 28 and has shown no signs of regression as he ages. Even after leaving Patrick Mahomes and downgrading with Tua Tagovailoa, Hill had arguably the best season of his career. It’s safe to assume that by the time he is 31, he will still be effective as a wideout.
But unfortunately, players retiring at a younger age is starting to become more common. The science and data is out on just how much of a beating these athletes endure on a weekly basis. With increased cases of CTE and other brain-related injuries, more and more players are wanting to get out while still being able to hold onto some of their sanity and brain cognition.
Guys like Nassir Adderley retired at 25 on account of wanting to preserve their bodies. The same is true for bigger-name guys like Patrick Willis, Luke Kuechly, and even Andrew Luck. The list goes on and on.
It’s something that is happening more often and will only continue to do so, especially with all the different options most of these athletes have post-playing. It just doesn’t make as much sense to put your body and your mental health on the line week-in and week-out when you can still make good money doing something much less physically demanding.
This may not be the news Dolphins fans want to hear on Thursday, but they can at least be relieved that he plans to finish out his contract with the team. While I would love to continue to watch Hill as a fan of football, I really can’t hate on the decision and honestly, you shouldn’t either.
He knows that he still has so many opportunities post-football and probably doesn’t want to end up with a body that gives up on him. All the recent news coming out about CTE is scary stuff to see as a player, and I wouldn’t be surprised to start seeing more and more players retiring at a younger age.
So, I guess we all just have to enjoy the greatness of Tyreek Hill while we still can.
Although, I am certain that even after he retires the world won’t see the end of Hill. He is a very marketable guy and its likely a big reason why he wants to retire at 31. Why go out and take a beating and risk destroying your brain when you can make just as much behind a camera?
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