Arizona Cardinals linebacker Kyle Fitts on Monday announced his retirement after just three years in the league, saying in a post on Instagram that he has suffered too many concussions and it is no longer safe for him to continue playing.
“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. Thank you to all my coaches and teammates throughout my career. I am also so thankful for my family and wife who have supported me through all the ups and downs and special thank you to my dad.
“(He) spent countless hours, early mornings and late nights helping me reach my goal of always wanting to play in the NFL. I believe we were created beyond just playing the game. I know God has great plans for me and my family and I’m so excited for what he has in store for me next!”
Fitts, 27, was picked in the sixth-round by the Chicago Bears in 2018. He joined the Cardinals in 2019 and played in three games that season. In 2020, he appeared in 13 games. Last year, Fitts appeared in six games but missed the rest of the season due to a concussion.
He became an unrestricted free agent in 2022.