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Patriots defensive lineman retires at 23

  • Jim Racalto
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After spending one season in the CFL, defensive lineman Armond Armstead signed with the New England Patriots last year. Now, Armstead’s career has come to an end before it even got started.

Armstead went undrafted out of USC in 2011 after having a heart attack, and missed last season following a surgery unrelated to his heart.

Via NFL.com:

“It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us,” New England coachBill Belichick said in statement released by the team. “Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with — unusual compared to most other players — but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do.

“While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses.”

Armstead helped lead the Toronto Argonauts to a championship his only season there. No details were made available why Armstead retired, but this is definitely a disappointing situation.

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