Billy Price is walking away from the NFL after a “terrifying” recent health scare.

Price announced his retirement on Saturday afternoon due to potential complications from a blood clot. Price said that on April 24, he underwent “emergency pulmonary embolism surgery” to fix a saddle clot that was entering both of his lungs.

Here’s Price’s full statement and announcement from Instagram:

“In the blink of an eye, everything can be taken away. 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.

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.

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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Price is a former 1st round pick out of Ohio State. He was drafted with the 21st overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2018 NFL Draft. He has bounced around the league for the last couple of years, but was mostly recently with the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints practice squads in 2023.

Price was a member of Ohio State’s 2014 national championship team. His college journey included earning unanimous All-America honors as well as the Rimington Trophy in 2017.

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