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Concussions Push Tony Scheffler To Retire From NFL

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Tony Scheffler #85 of the Detroit Lions jumps over Brice McCain #21 of the Houston Texans after a overtime catch at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Houston won the game 34-31. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 22: Tony Scheffler #85 of the Detroit Lions jumps over Brice McCain #21 of the Houston Texans after a overtime catch at Ford Field on November 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Houston won the game 34-31. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer

Tony Scheffler is retiring from the NFL.

Scheffler told The Associated Press on Wednesday he made the choice because he had three concussions over the past four years.

He had 258 receptions for 3,207 yards and 22 touchdowns in his eight-year career. The Detroit Lions released Scheffler in October. He later had workouts with Chicago and Kansas City and says there was “moderate” interest in him as a free agent this offseason.

Denver drafted him in the second round in 2006 out of Western Michigan and traded him four years later to Detroit.

Scheffler says his plans include becoming a real estate agent and assistant football coach at the high school in his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan.

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