Four-year NFL wide receiver Johnny Knox has called it quits and will no longer be playing in the NFL. Knox, who began his professional football career with the Chicago Bears, will officially retire from the game after three active seasons playing for the same franchise.
So why is Johnny Knox retiring at such an early age?
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 26-year-old wideout currently walks with a limp and most importantly cannot sit or stand with ease. The young receiver apparently is still experiencing the lasting effects from a devastating hit that Knox endured months back at Soldier Field.
Due to the injury, Johnny Knox has now been forced to live life like a 70-year-old guy all because he loved the most physical sport known to man. It’s a sad situation and it’s an issue that many NFL players these days have to always think about.
“As an athlete, you don’t want to give up, you want to keep on fighting. That’s how I’ve always been,” Knox says. “But it’s been on my heart for a while. I know how my body feels, and I know I’m not going to be the same and perform at the ability that I used to. So I’m moving on and going forward.”
Johnny Knox played a total of 45 NFL games racking up 133 receptions, 2,214 receiving yards to go along with 12 touchdowns.
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