Tuesday, 04 August, 2020

Cowboys' Pro Bowl lineman Frederick retiring at 29

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Cary Erickson | 26 March, 2020, 18:42

Frederick missed the entire 2018 season due to a rare autoimmune disease.

Frederick not only returned to start all 16 games, but he returned to his form and elevated the Cowboys offensive line to among the best in the NFL.

"After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have chose to retire from football", Frederick wrote in a Twitter post on Monday.

"I started a journey nearly two years ago that completely blindsided me", Frederick said. When I developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome. But even though he made his fifth Pro Bowl, Frederick was clear in his retirement announcement he didn't think he was the same player from before the illness.

"Each day I faced a struggle: I could no longer perform at my highest level", Frederick said. 'Playing "well" is not what I expect of myself and not what my teammates deserve. Despite nearly no contact of substance and certainly nothing close to inside information being available, my idle time these days - of which there is much more than any of us would prefer - continuously takes me to the looming questions presented by the 2020 Cowboys.

The three-time All-Pro has been one of the best centers in the National Football League since being taken by the Cowboys in the first round of the 2013 draft.

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Frederick added Guillain-Barré syndrome forced him to accept the moment his football career would come to an end, saying he "surprisingly found myself welcoming the moment". That's when he knew his time playing on the field is up.

The offensive lineman signed a 6-year, $56 MILLION contract with the Cowboys back in 2016 that made him the NFL's highest-paid center. "I was ready for the next stage of my life".

But the business side of this and what it means for the Cowboys is secondary to what is best for Frederick.

Frederick started all 96 games he played for the Cowboys while being considered one of the top centers of the past decade.

"As a contributor to our community, a family man and a professional person, he has distinguished himself as an exemplary representative of this organization", Jones' statement continued.