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Chicago Bears Tight End Zach Miller Retires After Horrific Knee Injury

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Chicago Bears tight end Zach Miller is done playing professional football.

The talented player suffered one of the worst knee injuries I’ve ever seen back in 2017, and it has officially put an end to his playing days. (RELATED: Chicago Bears Pull Off Super Classy Move For Injured Player)

Miller wrote, in part, on Instagram late Thursday afternoon:

The time has come to move on from playing the game of football. It has been an incredible journey for myself and my entire family and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve.

You can read his full post below.

 

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To the city of Chicago, my beloved bears fans and NFL fans everywhere… The time has come to move on from playing the game of football. It has been an incredible journey for myself and my entire family and we can’t thank you enough for your continued support. I would love more than anything to step on Soldier Field one last time but I physically cannot give the game and our fans what they deserve. It’s difficult to find words to express my love and gratitude to every single person that has cheered my name, picked me up and stood strong with me throughout my time in this league. I am forever grateful. To the McCaskey Family and the entire Bears organization, THANK YOU for changing my life! To my Family, teammates and coaches, I value nothing more than the friendships and love I have gained from this game! I love you all! And to everyone else chasing a dream… never stop, never settle! -Z

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This sucks for Miller. He was such a talented player before he got hurt. The man was a great receiving threat, and it was all over after one play.

The NFL is a crazy world, and sometimes, awful things like this can happen.

 

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Luckily for Miller, he’s made more than $8 million during his career. It’s not exactly generational wealth, but he should have a nice safety net if he’s smart with his money.

He could probably also get into coaching if he wants to pursue that path. My guess is that he’s going to have to keep working after not earning a ton during his career, but he should have options.

 

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It sucks that his career came to such an awful run. You just hate to see it, but sometimes, these things are unavoidable.

It should be interesting to see where he goes from here. What an awful turn of events, but at least he hung around for a while in the NFL.

That’s more than can be said for a lot of guys.