After a seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, center Travis Frederick has announced his retirement from the National Football League. In a statement via his Twitter account, Fredrick detailed his reasoning for hanging it up after an incredibly strong career.
In his statement, Frederick discussed his journey with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder in which the bodies immune system mistakenly attacks parts of the nervous system. Some cases of GBS can be mild, while some can lead to full paralyzation.
After missing all of the 2018 season, Frederick said the competitor in him had to return to the field. He battled through this past season, but didn’t feel he could play to his highest level going forward and did not want to bring on further risk. Despite the diagnosis, Frederick appears to be going into retirement ready for the next stage of his life. In his post he discussed a readiness and welcoming feeling to a life without the game of football.
In seven seasons with the Cowboys, Frederick was a dominating force at the center position. Outside of the 2018 season, Frederick missed zero snaps in the other six seasons of his career. Frederick was named to the Pro Bowl five times, and was a First Team All-Pro Center in 2016, opening holes for the NFL’s leading rusher in Ezekiel Elliott.
Frederick was an outstanding Badger from 2009-2012, making 31 starts over the course of his career. After a 2013 All-American season, Frederick departed for the NFL draft and was a first round pick by the Dallas Cowboys. We wish him the best in the next phase of his career.