The Houston Texans’ C.J. Fiedorowicz, a former Iowa tight end, has retired from the NFL due to concussions. Fiedorowicz, who was placed on Houston’s reserve/retired list on Wednesday, suffered three concussions last season alone.
In four professional seasons, all with the Texans, Fiedorowicz caught 89 receptions for 881 yards and six touchdowns. He played in just five games last season.
“I have a backup plan,” Fiedorowicz told the Northwest Herald in February. “I’ve realized money is not happiness. Money definitely gives you freedom, but I’ve played four years. I’ve accomplished things I wanted to accomplish. It’s more about making my town happy, making my family happy and being able to enjoy the rest of my life.”
Fiedorowicz signed a three-year, $22 million contract that included $10 million guaranteed last August. The contract was reworked when he retired, according to the Houston Chronicle.
He was a 4-star recruit, according to the 247 Composite. He was ranked the No. 4 tight end in the nation and the No. 2 player in the state of Illinois for the class of 2010.
The tight end played at Iowa from 2011-2013. He had 45 receptions for 433 receiving yards in 2012, and in 2013 he had six touchdown catches. The Texans selected him with the 65th overall pick (third round) in the 2014 NFL Draft.