Brodie Croyle is retiring from the NFL. The former Kansas City Chiefs and Arizona Cardinals quarterback announced to the Birmingham News his decision to retire from the game at 29 years old. Croyle was the Chiefs third round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, and he spent five seasons with the team.
Croyle cited a number of injuries, including three ACL surgeries, as the primary reason for his retirement.
"I'm very grateful for everything football gave me," said Croyle, 29, who prepped at Westbrook Christian in Rainbow City. "I just felt it was time, and that's a mutual decision with NFL football. There's very few guys who retire on their own terms. It was a fun ride, but I'm glad to be back, glad to be doing what I'm doing."
Croyle set records while at Alabama, but he never could stay healthy while with the Chiefs.
He spent about two weeks in training camp with the Arizona Cardinals before the 2011 season, and after getting cut by the Cardinals last year, he had tryouts with three teams but never caught on. He did not play in the 2011 season, so his retirement isn't exactly a shock.
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