NFL tight end Julius Thomas is calling us a career.
Thomas is retiring from professional football to pursue a Ph.D. in psychology.
Thomas said he will focus his doctorate on "investigating the effects of contact sports on brain trauma and neurobehavioral performance." He will also participate in research to "identify early warning signs of brain disease."
Here is why Thomas says he is going back to school.
- While making the decision to no longer play the game is difficult, I’m also incredibly excited about what’s next: Studying therapy and becoming well trained in it so that I can help people heal from their emotional and mental pain.
- Investigating the effects of contact sports on brain trauma and neurobehavioral performance.
- Participating in research looking at biomarkers that may identify early warning signs of brain disease.