Former NFL First-Round Pick Retires At 29 Due To Blood Clot

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Offensive lineman Billy Price, a 2018 first-round draft selection by the Cincinnati Bengals, announced his retirement due to a “terrifying” health scare.

Price, 29, played five NFL seasons.

“In the blink of an eye, everything can be taken away. On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs. As a healthy 29 year old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying. I am truly thankful to be alive today. Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk,” Price said in an Instagram post.

“I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have played in some of the greatest atmospheres around the world. I am thankful to have trained and played alongside men who will continue to make Pro Bowls, All Pro Rosters and Hall of Fame recognitions. To my wife: this career would not have been possible without your continued love and support. The sacrifices you have made over the course of my career do not go unnoticed. I cannot wait to navigate the next chapter in life with you as we continue to grow our family,” he added.


Price was taken 21st overall in 2018 by the Bengals, whom he played three seasons for, seeing action in 42 games with 19 starts. The center showed promise as a rookie in 10 starts, but only started nine games over the next two years. He was subsequently traded to the New York Giants and started 15 games for Big Blue in 2021. Price later started 11 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2022. He also spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders, New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys organizations, including on the Dallas practice squad last year.

“Price won the Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football at Ohio State in 2017 and played for the Bengals for three years after they drafted him,” NBC Sports noted.

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