An emotional Mack Strong just finished talking to the media and made it pretty clear that his football career is over after suffering a herniated disk in his neck that was causing trauma to his spinal cord. He said the injury would not require surgery and that he felt better today than Sunday.
"It's a no-brainer," Strong said. "I don't have to worry about some sign (about retiring). This was my sign."
He said he felt like he had a crick in his neck and had some tingling in his left arm when he woke up on Sunday. He said during the game he took a hit, nothing out of the ordinary, and felt a burning sensation and had pain all the way down to his feet.
He returned to the game and had another episode and then came out for good.
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"I kind of felt it in my gut that this was something significant, that it wasn't like any other injury or ding that I've gotten before in my career," Strong said. "This was more serious. ...
"You play this game long enough, specially playing my position and as many games as I've played in, it was bound to happen sooner or later," Strong said.