Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller took to his social media channels on Tuesday afternoon to announce his plans to walk away from the game of football.
A year and a half after suffering a devastating knee injury, Miller was reportedly considering a comeback to the NFL. However, it seems Miller reversed course on a comeback and chose to walk away from the game with his health.
“To the city of Chicago, my beloved bears fans and NFL fans everywhere,” Miller said on Instagram.
“The time has come to move on from playing the game of football. It has been an incredible journey for myself and my entire family and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve.”
• To the city of Chicago, my beloved bears fans and NFL fans everywhere… The time has come to move on from playing the game of football. It has been an incredible journey for… https://t.co/8qS2ggkC8L
— Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) April 16, 2019
Miller suffered a horrific knee injury during Week 8 of the 2017 NFL season.
He caught what appeared to be a touchdown pass, but his knee buckled underneath him. The veteran tight end was rushed to the hospital where he underwent successful vascular surgery to restore blood-flow to his lower leg.
He underwent eight total surgeries on the knee over the next few months.