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David Bruton Jr. Announces Retirement from Broncos and NFL

David Bruton Jr. turned 30 on Sunday, an occasion he said would include “a mountain bike with me on it.” He will complete a summer chemistry class on Thursday, and he has a to-do list that is chock-full of “my new life” as he looks at what’s to come, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

The future is now for Bruton, as the longtime special-teams captain of the Denver Broncos formally announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday. The self-professed “nerd of the locker room” said that a combination of health concerns — he said he’s had six concussions in his eight-year career — paired with a loss of passion to prepare for the game and his eagerness to get to the next life step brought him to his decision.

“I’m burnt-out, definitely worry about my health,” Bruton said. “Another season was cut short by a concussion [in 2016] — that’s six. I’m a guy who likes to use his brain. Especially back in school, I need as many brain cells as possible with all these science classes. It came down to health, and I’ve definitely had my time in the league. I’m ready to move on.”

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