It’s been an offseason full of sudden retirements for the San Francisco 49ers. After seeing linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland depart the sport while still able to play (defensive end Justin Smith retired as well, though at the age of 35, that’s a bit more expected), Niners starting right tackle Anthony Davis announced on Friday that he’s stepping away from football for at least a year or two to recuperate his mind and body.
After a few years of thought, I’ve decided it will be best for me to take a year or so away from the NFL. This will be a time for me to allow my Brain and Body a chance to heal. I know many won’t understand my decision, that’s ok.
I hope you too have the courage to live your life how you planned it when day dreaming to yourself growing up. Your Life is Your dream and you have the power to control that dream. Im simply doing what’s best for my body as well as my mental health at this time in my life.
The 2010 first-round pick started every game his first four seasons in the NFL. In 2014, he missed nine games, including a month out of action because of the lingering effects of a concussion.
As Davis states, he will still be 26 or 27 when he returns to football, so his ability will still presumably be there. Whether NFL teams decide to hold this against him is another matter entirely.
49ers’ coach Jim Tomsula said Davis’ decision didn’t come as a shock as the tackle has been “working on himself” recently.