Jason Worilds explains his early retirement in emotional statement

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The 2015 NFL season officially started on Tuesday and it began with one hell of a bang.

A flurry of monster trades and free agency signings lit up the start to the season yesterday, before a shock retirement added another bizarre storyline to a compelling New Year.

Furthermore, the second day of the NFL season started in the same vein today when it was announced, surprisingly, that former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds had decided to retire at the young age of 27.

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It is quite a shocking decision from the top linebacker after several solid seasons for Pittsburgh. Though the talented player had become a free agent after the Steelers let him go, it was expected that he would sign a monster deal in free agency. That hasn't happened and Worilds explained his shock decision in an emotional statement today.

"I appreciate all of the interest from the organizations that have reached out to us the past few days," the statement reads, according to Adam Schefter.

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"With that being said, after much thought & consideration I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests. I am especially grateful of the opportunity to play before some of the greatest fans in football today. Despite any concern and speculation that may ensue, I appreciate those that are respectful of my decision."

It is certainly surprising that Worilds has decided to retire at the age of 27. Worilds hasn't suffered any serious injuries during his career and was set to enjoy his prime years in the NFL.

It's quite a shock and as Ian Rapoport detailed earlier today, Worilds has reportedly turned down the potential of $15 million in guarantees to quit the NFL.

He's a brave man that is for sure, and we all wish him the best in his future endeavours.

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