The days of Mitchell Schwartz defending quarterbacks and making room for teammates are gone. On Thursday, the seasoned tackle made his retirement announcement. The Browns selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Schwartz said through Twitter, “I’m officially leaving the NFL. Nearly two years have passed since I had a back injury. Since my operation in February of last year, I have been undergoing rehabilitation. Although I presently feel better than I have since then, it is obvious that my body will never be the same. Although it is no longer a regular occurrence, the nerve discomfort down my legs could never completely go away.
“I have loved every minute of my time in the NFL and am leaving feeling extremely content. My career’s apex was when I won the Super Bowl. My biggest personal achievements, well above my own expectations, are my 7,894 straight snaps streak and four All-Pro nods.”