Lions TE FitzSimmons to retire due to injury
Detroit Lions tight end Casey FitzSimmons announced his
retirement Wednesday from the NFL due to several concussions,
including one in December that is still causing him ill
“This has been a very difficult decision,” FitzSimmons said in
a statement released by his agent. “I feel like 2009 was one of
the best seasons of my career, because I was so consistent, and was
able to contribute in a variety of ways. If it wasn’t for the
concussions, I would not be retiring.
“It’s frustrating because the rest of my body is still capable
of playing at a high level in the NFL,” he said. “However, given
the seriousness of the risk associated with continuing to play, I
have to listen to the advice the team has given me.”
FitzSimmons has sustained several concussions during his
seven-year career, including one on Dec. 6 against the Cincinnati
Bengals that caused him to end the 2009 season on the injured
Following an evaluation by team doctors, FitzSimmons was advised
by the Lions to retire.
FitzSimmons, 29, is still feeling the effects of his latest
concussion, said Chris Gittings, who along with Dan Hoeven is
FitzSimmons’ agent. They declined to say what symptoms Fitzsimmons
FitzSimmons entered the NFL in April 2003 as an undrafted free
agent after earning NAIA All-America honors at Carroll College in
Fitzsimmons started 11 games as a rookie and played a total of
99 career games in the NFL. FitzSimmons had 88 catches for 677
yards and five touchdowns and in the past three seasons returned
seven kickoffs for 113 yards and a score.
FitzSimmons and his wife, Allison, had a daughter in February.
They have a ranch near Helena.