What started as a successful NFL career ends in an early retirement. Travis Frederick announced on Twitter Monday that he was retiring from the NFL after seven years in the league.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement about Frederick saying,”Travis Frederick, by the nature of his center position, was the core piece of what I believe to be one of the most talented and skilled NFL offensive lines that has been assembled.”
Frederick was the Cowboys in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft where he earned five Pro Bowls. He earned a six-year, $56.4 million contract extension in 2016.
Health concerns arose in 2018 when Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome. It’s an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the body’s nervous system in response to illness. It kept him out of the league in 2018 before returning to the field last season.
Frederick attributed the retirement to the disease saying that he “could no longer perform at my highest level”.
“I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career, and I walk away with my head held high,” Frederick wrote in his statement via Twitter.
Frederick was considered one of the leaders of the offensive line in Dallas. It will be a big loss to the team as they figure out who to go with at center. While his time was short, he will be considered one of the best lineman to wear a Cowboys uniform.