Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler (85) catches a pass for a touchdown in the second quarter of a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Lion Tony Scheffler Retires From NFL

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Former Detroit Lions tight end, Tony Scheffler is retiring from the NFL.

Scheffler suffered three concussions over the past four seasons. When he broke the news to the Associated Press on Wednesday, he cited the concussions as having “a lot” to do with it.

The Chelsea, Michigan native was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft out of Western Michigan University. He remained there for four years before being traded to the Detroit Lions.

Scheffler suffered his fourth concussion last season and along with the emergence of undrafted free agent rookie, Joseph Fauria, Scheffler began to slowly see his role diminish in Detroit.

After a ruthless beating in Green Bay last October, the Lions cut Scheffler.

He later had workouts with Chicago and Kansas City and says there was “moderate” interest in him as a free agent this offseason.

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Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Over his eight year career in the Mile High, and Motor City, Scheffler had 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns.

By stepping away now, he gives himself more of a chance to be healthy for his young family. He also already has a second career forged for himself. Scheffler plans to go into real estate and be an assistant high school football coach in his hometown.

Would Scheffler have stuck around the NFL a bit longer if the interest level from other teams was more than “moderate”?

Probably.

But after his career effectively ended when he suffered his last concussion last year, you don’t have to wonder why so many players are willing to conceal their symptoms.

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