Former Wisconsin Badgers center Travis Frederick retires from the NFL

Carrie Guzman
March 26, 2020

The Dallas Cowboys left free agency checking a lot of boxes off their to-do list, but now they have the hard task of attempting to replace perhaps the most valuable piece along their offensive line as All-Pro veteran center Travis Frederick has officially announced his retirement, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

Frederick pointed to his battle with Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disease that affects the nervous system, that cost him the entire 2018 season.

"It was a hard year for me". However, in the statement, he says it was "a hard year" and "playing "well" is not what I expect of myself and is not what my teammates deserve".

"After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have made a decision to retire from football".

Travis Frederick is calling it a career in the NFL.

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When he returned to camp, Frederick told reporters he checked out OK with doctors in California.

Frederick made the announcement on Twitter on Monday, a surprising development for a team that invested heavily in its offensive line through the draft and now finds itself trying to replace one of the most important pieces. However, the competitor in me would not accept going out without returning to the field'.

There are four years remaining on the $55 million extension Frederick signed during the preseason in 2016. "His leadership, production and intelligence skills have placed him at the highest level of inside offensive linemen in our league for many years".

A bedrock player in the middle of the Cowboys' most talented offensive lines since 2013, Frederick leaves a hole that could take some juggling to resolve. His uncle Mike Bell was a defensive end who played 13 seasons and started 100 games for the Chiefs. He played center at Penn State for a season. Along with some teammates and coaches, Frederick pledged to match up to $40,000 in donations, noting that $2 feeds a child for a day and $25 feeds a child for two full weeks. "Each day, players go to work knowing this could be their last day playing". I did not know how to handle things.

"As a collaborator of our community, a family man and a professional person, he has distinguished himself as an exemplary representative of this organization".

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