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Billy Price, a veteran NFL center and first-round draft pick in 2018, recently announced his retirement on social media following emergency surgery to remove a blood clot. The 29-year-old revealed that he underwent surgery last month due to an unprovoked pulmonary embolism, which posed a significant risk of internal bleeding. Price expressed gratitude for being alive and stated that the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners led to his decision to retire from the NFL.

The announcement was made on Price’s Instagram account, where he reflected on the uncertainty and suddenness of life’s changes. He recounted his emergency surgery on April 24th to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of his lungs and emphasized the terrifying nature of experiencing an unprovoked pulmonary embolism at his age and level of health. Price’s football career included playing for the Cincinnati Bengals for three seasons after being drafted with the 21st pick in 2018, before being traded to the New York Giants in 2021. He appeared in 69 career games, with 45 starts during his time in the NFL.

Former All-Pro running back David Johnson also recently announced his retirement from the NFL after eight seasons, with his last playing time spent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2022. Johnson expressed gratitude for the experiences and opportunities he had while playing football, as well as the support of his wife throughout his career. He thanked her for the sacrifices made and expressed excitement about navigating the next chapter of life together, including expanding their family. Both Price and Johnson’s retirements mark the end of successful careers in professional football.

Price’s decision to retire underscores the unpredictable nature of life and the importance of prioritizing health and well-being. As a young athlete facing a serious medical condition, he made the difficult choice to step away from the game to protect his health and avoid further risks. Johnson’s retirement also highlights the physical demands and toll that playing in the NFL can take on athletes, leading some to step away from the sport earlier than expected. Both players have expressed gratitude for their experiences and the relationships built during their time in the league.

Moving forward, Price and Johnson will embark on new chapters in their lives outside of football, with Price focusing on his recovery and health following his surgery. Johnson will also transition to post-football life alongside his wife, acknowledging the support and sacrifices made throughout his career. While their playing days may be over, both athletes will carry the lessons and memories from their time in the NFL as they navigate new opportunities and challenges in the future.

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