Offensive lineman Bryan Stork has officially announced his retirement from the NFL after he sat out the 2016 season. He announced his decision via social media saying it is not a true retirement at 26 years old but that his time of playing football is over.
— Bryan Stork (@BStork66) March 22, 2017
With the emergence of center David Andrews in New England, Stork was traded to the Redskins during the 2016 preseason however he failed the physical and was released after the trade was voided. The Washington Post reported that the center informed Redskins officials he was considering retirement before the deal.
In his final weeks as a Patriot there were some concerning moments. He was kicked out of joint practice with the Bears after a scuffle with linebacker John Timu. Mike Reiss of ESPN described it as “putting both hands into Timu’s breastplate and pushing him with force before swinging his arms at Timu.”
There were question marks over his health too, he suffered a concussion during the early stages of last season’s training camp. It was his third diagnosed concussion in as many years and spent the 2016 season out of football as no team claimed him.
He was selected at number 105 in the 2014 draft out of Florida State and won the Rimington Trophy as the nations top center. He stared 21 of 25 regular season and playoff appearances for the Patriots and was in the thick of the action as a rookie during Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks.