After a 13-year profession that noticed him make six Professional Bowls, San Francisco 49ers offensive sort out Joe Staley introduced his retirement final week.
Staley, who missed 9 of 16 regular-season video games final season as a result of a damaged leg, admitted that he didn’t need to retire. Nonetheless, his physique is just unable to permit him to play on the stage he needs to if he needed to have a high quality life after retirement.
The 35-year-old veteran described his frustration together with his current accidents, particularly contemplating the sturdy season that the 49ers had final yr.
“Final yr ought to have been the top of my profession. We had a completely unbelievable workforce from the tradition to the teaching workers, entrance workplace, the gamers that had been round. And it was like that the entire total yr. However, for me personally, it was actually, actually tough due to the accidents,” Joe Staley stated in quotes distributed by the workforce, per NBC Sports.
Staley battled a litany of accidents final season, together with a fractured fibula, a damaged finger that required surgical procedure and fixed neck points that hindered his means.
“I had the damaged leg which was type of a bizarre rehab for that, it wasn’t very easy, I had loads of issues getting back from that. I feel they had been fairly documented after which I got here again and broke the finger, needed to have surgical procedure on that and that was only a damaged,” the now ex-49ers star stated.
“Whereas that occurred, I had a again factor after which I’ve had neck stuff that’s been happening for a bit of bit and it simply type of obtained worse and worse because the season went on. The final half of the yr, not likely the final half the yr, it was type of just like the final two or three video games it began getting progressively worse after which within the playoffs it was actually unhealthy, after which type of culminated with the Tremendous Bowl being the worst.”
Staley, who was with the 49ers throughout their 2013 Tremendous Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens, as soon as once more got here one sport brief because the 2019 San Francisco workforce fell to the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs in the latest Tremendous Bowl.