Cowboys fans pay heartfelt tributes to Travis Frederick after his surprising retirement

Ross Houston
March 25, 2020

The Dallas Cowboys left free agency checking a lot of boxes off their to-do list, but now they have the hard task of attempting to replace perhaps the most valuable piece along their offensive line as All-Pro veteran center Travis Frederick has officially announced his retirement, according to ESPN's Todd Archer.

But he missed the 2018 season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome - an auto-immune disease which attacks the body's nervous system. Frederick missed all of 2018 before returning to the field in 2019.

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When I developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, I did not know how to deal with things.

He wrote: "My illness forced me to imagine life after football". Frederick was a Day 1 starter and was named to the Pro Bowl in all but one of the six seasons he played. Each day I faced a struggle: "I could no longer perform at my highest level", Frederick said in his retirement announcement. I realized how lucky I was to be able to play for a living.

"After much consideration, discussion, and reflection, I have chose to retire from football".

Frederick entered the National Football League as the 31st overall selection in the 2013 National Football League draft (Dallas traded back from the 18th pick for the 31st and 74th picks). The Cowboys also have Adam Redmond under contract as a potential backup, and it is possible Connor Williams, who has started most of the past two seasons at left guard, could get some work at center after he returns from a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered late last season.

Frederick ends up being the current National Football League gamer that handled injuries to retire early, signing up with the similarity Andrew Luck as well as Luke Keuchly from the previous fiscal year alone.

"I thank the Jones family, the entire Cowboys organization, and my teammates for allowing me to go on this wild ride".

Frederick started all 16 games in his rookie season, quickly developing into one of the best centers in football. 'I was ready for the next stage of my life. Kaylee and I will continue to make a positive impact on the Dallas community which has given us so much.

With the cap expected to rise with the new CBA signed due to the new revenue streams and player allocation of all-revenue, the Cowboys would be wise to limit the conversion of salary to signing bonus in the future.

Travis Frederick is calling it a career in the NFL.

But the business side of this and what it means for the Cowboys is secondary to what is best for Frederick.

"As a contributor to our community, a family man and a professional person, he has distinguished himself as an exemplary representative of this organisation".

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