Bru­ton re­tires

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL/NFL -

In­stead of de­liv­er­ing hits to ball car­ri­ers, David Bru­ton Jr. is hit­ting the books.

The for­mer Den­ver Bron­cos safety and spe­cial teams ace who an­nounced his re­tire­ment Mon­day af­ter eight sea­sons in the NFL wants to be­come a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist.

He be­gan tak­ing pre­req­ui­site cour­ses at the Univer­sity of Colorado-Den­ver in Jan­uary and will en­ter phys­i­cal ther­apy school next fall, putting him on pace to get his li­cense by 2022.

Bru­ton, 30, said he sus­tained six con­cus­sions in his ca­reer, in­clud­ing one that ended his sea­son pre­ma­turely last year, and is walk­ing away be­cause he doesn’t want to risk more hits to the head.

Bru­ton played in 108 games, 104 with the Bron­cos. Den­ver se­lected Bru­ton in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Just a few months af­ter sign­ing a three-year, $9 mil­lion deal with Washington, Bru­ton sus­tained his sixth con­cus­sion. The Red­skins put him on IR then cut him. He tried out in Bal­ti­more in De­cem­ber but re­al­ized his pas­sion for the game was gone.

On most Fri­days, Bru­ton has been shad­ow­ing phys­i­cal ther­a­pists at Next Level Sports Per­for­mance in Golden, which is owned by for­mer Bron­cos as­sis­tant ath­letic trainer Jim Keller. He also plans to ob­serve Bron­cos di­rec­tor of sports medicine Steve “Greek” Antonop­u­los at train­ing camp next month.

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