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Steelers LB Jason Worilds is the latest young player to retire

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By Anthony Caruso III
March 11th, 2015, 12:35 AM EST

NFL players are starting to retire at a younger age than ever before. They do not want the long-term affects that come with playing football for a long time.

On Tuesday, Jake Locker retired from the NFL. The 26-year-old’s decision shocked a lot of people, but he was a big disappointment during his tenure with the Tennessee Titans.

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Jason Worilds (Getty Images)

Locker was the 8th overall pick by the 2011 NFL Draft. He appeared in 30 out of a possible 64 games – yet he’s been hampered by shoulder, hand, neck, rib, and foot issues throughout his four seasons with the Titans.

Now, word is leaking out that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds has announced his retirement. According to his agent, the 27-year-old has decided to hang up his cleats for good.

Worilds was taken with the 52nd overall pick in the 2010 Draft by the Steelers, and was the fourth-best rusher available on the market.

“After much though and consideration, I have chosen to step away from football as I have opted to pursue other interests,” Worilds said in a statement.

In the past two seasons, he had 15.5 quarterback sacks in the past two seasons. He also had 59 tackles and an interception last season.

While Locker has been injured a lot, there hasn’t been anything wrong with Worilds of significance. He only missed seven games in his entire career.

Also, on Tuesday, Patrick Willis decided to walk away from the game at 30-years-old, as well. Willis will reportedly focus on ministry work in the South, likely around the Mississippi area, where he went to college.

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