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Former Patriots center Bryan Stork explains why he retired, what he's doing now

Ryan Hannable
August 13, 2017 - 11:58 am

Last year around this time Bryan Stork was a member of the Patriots, but then he was released and claimed off waivers by the Redskins. After failing a physical he was again a free agent and didn't latch on to another team. Due to numerous concussions dating back to his college days at Florida State, he called it a career at the age of 25.

Stork is now a graduate assistant helping the Southern Miss football team.

Although he's retired now, he won't 100 percent say it was because of his concussions.

“Listen, I’m not a doctor,” he said, via The Hattiesburg American. “I don’t research those things. I’ve been through those things and I had to make the best decision for myself. And every player, at some point, will have to make that decision.”

Added Stork: “I just felt like it was the right time to walk away. Just for a better life. For my future family. Kids, things like that.”

After retiring, Stork obtained his real estate license, but he couldn't escape the urge to be around the game of football, which has him where he is now.

“I didn’t enjoy what I was doing,” said Stork. “It was just tough. I’d be sitting there when I’m supposed to be doing real estate stuff and I’m going over plays and going over the script for the day. So I was like, ‘All right, I need to be in football.'”

Stork is at peace with his decision to leave the game when he did and now he's focused on passing his knowledge on to his players.

“Obviously, we all want to play 10 years, but it doesn’t always work out like that,” he said. “But I’m very blessed the way things did work out. It was hard at first because you want to keep playing. But you know what, since I can’t play no more, I want to be part of these guys and help them be better players.”

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