Jadar Johnson, 22, said he would be stepping away from the game saying he ‘values his health’ and plans to ‘pursue other interests,’ his agent Trey Robinson said.
‘After seriously weighing his options, Jadar has decided to retire from football today to pursue other interests,’ the statement said.
‘Jadar,’ the statement continues, ‘is very grateful to the Giants’ organization for the opportunity they provided him.’
‘At this time, Jadar would like for the media to respect his and his family’s privacy as he closes this chapter in his life.’
It remains unclear why Johnson chose to retire, but the move comes in the wake of a recent report that found that 99 per cent of football players have show signs of having chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association was published last week, and found the condition can also lead to aggression and dementia.
On Thursday, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel announced his retirement from football, though he denied that it had anything to do with the CTE report.