Kylie Fitts, a linebacker who has spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, announced her retirement from the NFL on Friday via her Instagram account.
Fitts, 27, said he was walking away from football because he suffered too many concussions and it was no longer safe for him to play football.
“After 21 years of playing football is over for me,” Fitts wrote. “Due to too many concussions and the severity of my recent, it’s not safe for me to continue playing anymore. I’m so grateful for this game and everything it has taught and brought to my life. Thanks to all my coaches and teammates throughout my career, I am also very grateful to my family and my wife who supported me through all the ups and downs and a special thanks to my father.
“(He) spent countless hours, early in the morning and late at night, helping me achieve my goal of always wanting to play in the NFL. I believe we were created beyond just the game. I know that God has big plans for me and my family and I’m so excited for what he has in store for me next!
Fitts was a Chicago Bears sixth-round pick from Utah in 2018. He appeared in six games for Chicago as a rookie before joining the Cardinals on September 3, 2019, as a member of their practice squad. He played in three games that season but had his best year of 2020, playing in 13 games (including a start) and finishing with nine tackles, a quarterback hit and a forced fumble.
Fitts played six games for the Cardinals last year but missed the rest of the season on the injured list with a concussion. He became an unrestricted free agent in 2022.