By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

Every athlete has to retire at some point. For Brandon Brooks, that time has come.

The Philadelphia Eagles guard announced his retirement on Wednesday. He spent 9 seasons in the NFL.

Brandon Brooks celebrates with Alshon Jeffrey after a 34-yard touchdown reception by Jeffrey in Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots (Getty Images)

He has struggled with injuries in recent years. He tore his pec at the start of this season which cost him the rest of the season.

He’s been struggling with injuries since 2018 when he tore his Achilles tendon against the New Orleans Saints. He came back and made the Pro Bowl in 2019.

However, he tore his Achilles – this time in his left Achilles – in the summer of 2020. He tore his pec in Week 2 of last season.

“After all these injuries, I just realized, when do you listen to your body? I think my body was just telling me I had to make a decision, and I think at this point I think it’s the right decision,” said Brooks, who plans to stay in the Philadelphia area and apply to a business school at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to Spotrac, the Eagles will designate Brooks after June 1. The team will have a $5.9 million cap for retirement in the 2022 salary cap.

They will have peaked at nearly $10 million in 2023. The official figure will be $9.8 million.

“Beyond his accomplishments on the field, I am very proud of the way Brandon represents our organization with exemplary class,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “He is one of the most thoughtful and courageous athletes I have ever met. Brandon’s willingness to openly discuss his own struggles with anxiety has served as an inspiration to so many and opened the door to future conversations between athletes and role models all over the world.His impact in this area is immeasurable.

The 32-year-old was a three-time Pro Bowler in his career. All three Pro Bowl selections came with the Eagles.

He was also part of the Eagles team that won Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots.

Before signing a five-year, $40 million contract with the Eagles on March 9, 2016, he spent the first four years of his career with the Houston Texans.

He was a third-round draft pick by the Texans in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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