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Bills’ A.J. Tarpley retires after one NFL season, citing concussions

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Add another name to the growing list of players choosing to retire early rather than put their long-term health in jeopardy.

Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Tarpley announced on Instagram that he’s decided to end his NFL career after just one season.

Alongside a picture of himself holding up the game-sealing interception from the Bills’ regular-season finale against the New York Jets a loss that kept the Jets out of the playoffs, Tarpley posted this message:

“The only thing comforting about not knowing this play would be the last of my career, is knowing that I never took a second for granted. After months of introspection, I am retiring from football. I suffered the 3rd and 4th concussions of my career this past season and I am walking away from the game I love to preserve my future health.

“This decision is the hardest I’ve made yet but after much research and contemplation I believe it’s what is best for me going forward.

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