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Jacob Bell Retires; 'Personal Health' A Factor

Former Rams guard Jacob Bell has announced he will retire from football, citing health concerns among other reasons. The lineman played in the NFL for eight seasons.

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On Tuesday, former St. Louis Rams offensive guard Jacob Bell announced he would be retiring from football. The 31 year old signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 6, but has decided not to return for another season.

According to Jim Thomas of STLToday.com, part of Bell's decision came down to concern for his personal health and well-being.

"There were a lot of factors that went into it for me," Bell told the Post-Dispatch in a phone interview Tuesday night. "I've had a lot of fun playing. I've seen a lot of things. I've played in a lot of games. The reality is that for me it came down to risk and reward. I think you've always got to weigh that out. At some point, you've got to kind of figure out what you're in the game for.

"One of my biggest concerns when it comes to the game in general is my personal health. One thing that's obviously on the minds of a lot of people lately is brain research and all the stuff that's going on with that. One of the big things that I thought about when I was considering this is how much do I love the game? How much can they pay me to take away my health and my future and being able to be with my family and just have a healthy lifestyle?"

Bell was drafted in 2004 by the Tennessee Titans and was with the St. Louis Rams from 2008-2011. He started 100 games in the NFL and played in 109.

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