Patriots Linebacker Ted Johnson Retires

The New England Patriots veterans reported to camp today and the biggest surprise did not involve veteran defensive lineman Richard Seymour, rather, it concerns lineback Ted Johnson. Johnson reported to camp to inform head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft of his decision to close the door on an outstanding 10-year career. Johnson has decided it's time to hang 'em up. The following is Johnson's statement as released by the team.

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)

Patriots Linebacker Ted Johnson Retires
By Patriots Insider Staff

FOXBOROUGH — 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 to retire.

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.

"The 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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