PHOTO: New England Patriots
linebacker Ted Johnson, left, and defensive end Richard Seymour, right, flank
owner Bob Kraft April 7, 2004 in Portland Maine (APPhoto)
Linebacker Ted Johnson Retires
By Patriots Insider Staff
The New England Patriots just received a surprise update to their roster
today when veteran linebacker Ted Johnson walked into camp and announced his decision
The following is Johnson's statement:
"It is with
deep regret that I have decided to retire from football. The decision was not
an easy one, but life sometimes has a timetable all its own. I can no longer ignore
the severe short- and long-term complications of the concussive head injuries
I have sustained over the years.
"Coming to New England 10 years
ago gave me a lot more than the three Super Bowl rings I now own. I also found
my family here and a strong community that has welcomed me as one of its own.
I have forged strong friendships with many teammates past and present. I have
had the honor of playing for some of the greatest coaches this game has ever known.
I have enjoyed incredible support from the most passionate fans and had the opportunity
to play a kid's game, if only for a while. I will miss every bit of it.
Kraft family has believed in me from the beginning. They have gone above and beyond
in making me feel a part of their Patriots' family. I am proud to have been associated
with the legacy they have created.
"Although it saddens me that
this chapter in my life is over, I look forward to future endeavors with excitement
and optimism. My hope is that I have given football as much as it has given me.
Because of this game, I have been blessed with opportunities I used to only dream
about. For this, I will be forever grateful.
"Thank you all."
~ Ted Johnson
We will be bringing you more on Johnson's decision and
it's impact on the team's depth. Stay tuned.
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