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Former Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh announces retirement from football

Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center on March 1, 2018. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh speaks to the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center on March 1, 2018. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

Eight days after signing with the Washington Redskins, former Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh announced he is retiring from football.

“Although this decision might feel quick for many, I’ve had apprehension about pursuing a professional career for some time,” Welsh wrote on Facebook.

Welsh started 44 games in his Hawkeye career and was named first team all-Big Ten in 2017. He wasn’t selected in the NFL Draft, but agreed to terms with Washington on May 3.

“I believe football is one of the greatest games ever played, it’s one that should be played with passion and an unwavering desire. For me, this is no longer the case,” Welsh wrote.

“But I am so hopeful and eager to approach this next chapter of my life. I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish and I couldn’t have done (it) (without) help from many along the way. I am profoundly grateful for the people in my life that have made what I’ve done possible.

“I also want to thank the Redskins as well for the opportunity they gave me. I never expected to make it this far and I consider myself among the luckiest guys in the world to experience what I have.”

Welsh was named a permanent team captain in 2017 and showed his versatility by starting at right guard, right tackle and left tackle during his career.

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Before his senior season, Welsh courageously went public with his battle with depression. At the NFL Combine in March, he said disclosing that with his Iowa teammates would help him be “kind of a resource for a team, in a way.”

Welsh majored in business/marketing at Iowa.

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