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Cowboys’ Travis Frederick shockingly announces retirement

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The Dallas Cowboys’ Travis Frederick has shockingly announced his retirement.

In a long statement released on his Twitter account, the 29-year-old Frederick announced he’s walking away from the game. Frederick just came off of a Pro Bowl appearance in 2019 and is a five-time Pro Bowler in his seven seasons in the league.

In the written release, the veteran center attributed his Guillain–Barré syndrome as contributing to the end of his career.

“I started a journey almost two years ago that completely blindsided me. When I developed Guillain–Barré syndrome, I did not know how to handle things. I was scared. That experience forced me to reevaluate my life priorities. I spent much of that year thinking about both the past and future. I realized how fortunate I was to play a game for a living. I realized how fortunate I was to make friends and become teammates with some great men. Most of all, I realized the importance of my family and how much I want to be there for their peaks and valleys as they were for me.”

Frederick then continued by stating that he has been contemplating retirement for months.

“Some players fear life when it no longer revolves around football, the moment one stops playing the sport to which one’s identity and dreams have been tied to for 20 years. After months of contemplation, I not only accepted that moment, but I also surprisingly found myself welcoming the moment. I was ready for the next stage of my life; however, the competitor in me would not accept going out without returning to the field.”

With one of the best centers walking away from the game, Dallas will now scramble to find their next starting center. Joe Looney is the next center on the depth chart.