Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Devin Thomas tweeted on Sunday that he has decided to retire from the NFL.
The Bears confirmed the news via email but declined to comment any further.
Devin Thomas was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played in Washington alongside current Bears’ QB Jason Campbell from 2008 to 2010.
He had a brief stint in Carolina before heading to New York in late 2010. He won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2011.
Here’s what Thomas said of his decision:
"I mean, you know, football . . . it's just a game,” Thomas said. “I enjoyed playing it for a while. I had my greatest moments obviously with the Giants. I just felt my spirit going other ways. I think this is a perfect time. I won a championship. That's the whole purpose of me playing the game anyway.
“What am I risking when I step onto the field? Do I want to be in a position where I can't play with my kids? Do I want to end up leaving the game with all kinds of brain damage where I can't remember things. It's a good time for me to step away.
“Everybody glorifies this game, says it’s so great. People put you on a plateau. But they don’t understand the sacrifices you make personally. As a young man who understands the bigger picture, I know this game doesn’t define me.”
What does it mean for the Bears moving forward? Devin Thomas was thought to have been in competition with WR Dane Sanzenbacher for a potential sixth wide receiver spot with the team. With Thomas out of the picture, the chances of Dane making the team have gone up significantly.