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Veteran NFL Linebacker Announces Retirement At 27: Fans React

Three Arizona Cardinals helmets sitting on the field.

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 30: Helmets belonging to the Arizona Cardinals sit on the turf before the start of the Cardinals game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

On Friday afternoon, the football world learned that a veteran player announced his retirement under unfortunate circumstances.

Kylie Fitts, a veteran linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, announced his retirement from the game. He said he was forced into the decision following a series of concussions.

After 21 years of playing, football has come to an end for me," Fitts wrote. "Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent one, it is no longer safe for me to continue to play. I am so grateful for this game and everything it has taught and brought into my life."

Fans immediately flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts for Fitts amid a tough announcement.

"Damn, feel bad for Kylie but definitely understand his decision, concussions are no joke. Thank you for what you've done for the Cardinals sir," one fan said.

"Mannnn I truly wish him the best…head injuries are no joke and I’m glad he’s making the decision to take care of his future," another fan said.

"Woah sad situation. Wish nothing but the best for Kylie Fitts," said another fan.

Fitts, a former sixth-round pick out of Utah, was drafted by the Chicago Bears.

He signed with the Cardinals practice squad in 2019 and ended up securing a spot on the roster. Over the past few seasons with the team, he recorded 15 tackles and a forced fumble in limited action.