Strong to retire immediately due to injury
The Seattle Seahawks fullback
Mack Strong announced his immediate retirement on Monday due to
Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong held a press conference on
Monday to announce his immediate retirement from football due to
a spinal cord problem - a herniated disk in his neck is pinching
his spinal cord. According to doctors, the injury would not
require a surgery and would heal by itself, provided Mack Strong
stops playing football immediately. "I don't want to do
anything that would jeopardize my long-term quality of health.
I've got my wife and two kids and there's nothing more important
then being able to spend time with them," said Strong after
announcing his decision which he calls "a no brainer". Strong
also took time to acknowledge the fact that in his position as a
fullback serious physical injuries are a given, but he feels
blessed that he will be able to pull out of this one without
sacrificing the quality of his long-term health.
All-Pro Mack Strong signed as a free
agent from Georgia in 1994 with the Seattle Seahawks and has
been with the team ever since. Strong also holds the Seahawks
team record for longest rush in a playoff game - 32 yard run in
2005 against the Washington Redskins and is also considered as
one of the best blocking fullbacks in the NFL.