RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP) _ Tight end Ted Popson, who sustained head injuries twice last season, obeyed his doctor’s orders and announced his retirement from the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.
Popson, 32, played two years for the Chiefs after three with the San Francisco 49ers. He totaled 103 catches for 980 yards and eight touchdowns.
``I want to keep playing. I wish I could play forever,″ he said in a brief ceremony before teammates at the Chiefs’ training camp. ``But I’ll listen to the doctors.″
``He played the game the way it was meant to be played, with respect,″ said Chiefs’ general manager Carl Peterson. ``I don’t remember Ted Popson ever dropping a pass.″
He was first injured in a savage tackle against Pittsburgh on a Monday night game in 1997.
``That was about the most vicious hit I’ve ever seen in the NFL,″ said Peterson. ``But he held onto the ball.″