“As fun as the ride has been, my time has come to hang up the cleats and to start the next chapter of my life,” Abbrederis wrote. “To grow up in Wisconsin, walk on for the Badgers, and get drafted by the Packers has been such an amazing journey. As a four-year-old I had dreams of playing in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers, however, I never thought that 20 years later I would actually be living out those dreams!”
Abbrederis is only 27, but he is walking away from the game after suffering multiple injuries on the field. While in Green Bay, suffered a torn ACL and missed his entire rookie season. In the following year, he missed a good chunk of time with a concussion and rib injuries. In 2017, which turned out to be his final NFL season, he suited up in seven games for the Lions. Abbrederis had three grabs for 44 yards on the year.
It’s not immediately clear what Abbrederis has planned next or whether it will involve football.
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