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Luke Willson announces retirement from NFL a day after re-signing with Seahawks

Only a day after signing a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, tight end Luke Willson says he has decided to walk away from football, citing health issues.

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Luke Willson announces retirement from NFL a day after re-signing with Seahawks
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In a lengthy post on his social media accounts, Willson admitted he spent many days in the hospital during the off-season with severe pericardial effusion, the buildup of extra fluid in the space around the heart.

The 31-year-old said his health problems brought him to some realizations. “That situation has really challenged me as an individual and changed my perspective on a lot of things with regard to my life”, he said.

He wrote that after being back in the Seahawks facility and practicing with the team, he decided that it was time to move on and begin with the next chapter of his life.

Willson grateful for time with Seahawks

The NFL veteran thanked the Seahawks organization for the memories, life lessons, and relationships he built while with them, and the city of Seattle and the 12s for the love and support they have given him.

He also expressed gratitude to his coaches, teachers, and everyone else who was part of his journey.

Willson is originally from LaSalle, Ontario, where he first became a football athlete. “I have always tried my best to be a true representation of the characteristics that make up our area. I hope I’ve made you proud,” he said.

Seattle's depth issues

Seattle signed Willson on to improve the team’s depth at tight end, as Colby Parkinson’s foot injury may keep him on the sidelines for some time.

Willson’s jovial personality made him a fan favorite. He was originally drafted by the Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and has been a part of the Seahawks for most of his time at the NFL.