Houston Texans star running back Arian Foster contemplated retiring last year when he was forced onto injured reserve with a back injury.
Foster told ESPN it was a “scary” moment that prompted him to consider his future before ultimately deciding to keep playing.
“Absolutely,” Foster said. “Any time an athlete goes through an injury like that, a back, a neck, even knees or hips, something that puts you out for the entire season, you kind of re-evaluate your life. You see what’s really important. Is getting paralyzed more important than playing with your grand kids when you’re 50, 60 years old.
“People die on the football field. This is a really brutal sport. Going through an injury like that, being 27 years old, I’m young, still I’m at the prime of my career. Is it worth it to try to come back?”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun