‘I am truly thankful to be alive’: 29-year-old Billy Price announces NFL retirement after undergoing clot-related surgery

Billy Price has announced that he is ending his NFL career due to health concerns.

The 29-year-old athlete noted in a social media post that he underwent emergency surgery in April.

‘I am truly thankful to be alive today.’

“In the blink of an eye, everything can be taken away,” Price noted. “On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs. As a healthy 29 year old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying.”

“I am truly thankful to be alive today. Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk,” he noted.

Price had previously played with the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Giants, and Arizona Cardinals, according to NFL.com. He had more recently worked on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have played in some of the greatest atmospheres around the world. I am thankful to have trained and played alongside men who will continue to make Pro Bowls, All Pro Rosters and Hall of Fame recognitions,” Price noted. “To my wife: this career would not have been possible without your continued love and support. The sacrifices you have made over the course of my career do not go unnoticed. I cannot wait to navigate the next chapter in life with you as we continue to grow our family.”

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