Former Detroit Lions third-round pick Travis Swanson announced his retirement on Saturday morning via an Instagram post.
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I decided to retire from the game of football. Those words are hard to write. However, I have a sense of comfort knowing Emily and I are walking away from this game with offers that were on the table. This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I. When my daughter Kendyl was born and I first saw her, my heart expanded and completely changed my priorities. I will always love football, but the love for your child is a level of love that has no comparison. I have been an offensive lineman for 22 years of my life and will be for the remainder. In my years as a lineman, I have learned so many life lessons. It is extraordinary that this game has the power to take a kid from Kingwood, Texas to places all over the globe. I have played on phenomenal teams, played for phenomenal coaches, and played in phenomenal stadiums. I cannot thank enough all the individuals who have helped me along the way and I will personally thank each one of you privately. The people I have met and the places I have been I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Emily and I have gained friends all over the country through this game. Thank you again to everyone who has helped Emily and I along the way to get to where we have gone. We are excited to start this next chapter in our life.
Swanson’s decision to retire at the young age of 28 appears to be one based on his family priorities.
“This ultimately came down to a family decision between Emily and I,” Swanson wrote. “When my daughter Kendyl was born and I first saw her, my heart expanded and completely changed my priorities. I will always love football, but the love for your child is a level of love that has no comparison.”
Swanson spent four years in Detroit, starting 42 games throughout his rookie contract. The Lions opted not to re-sign Swanson, so the Jets signed him. He didn’t end up making the final cuts in New York, but he quickly found a home with the Miami Dolphins as depth. When starting center Daniel Kilgore went down with an injury early in the season, Swanson came in and started 11 games for the Dolphins. He was not re-signed at the end of the 2018 season and remained a free agent until his retirement announcement Sunday.
We wish Swanson the best in family life, and thanks for the four years in Detroit!