Ex-Bulldog Mack Strong Forced to Retire

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) _ Seattle Seahawks fullback Mack Strong has
a spinal cord condition that is ending his career immediately.
The former Georgia Bulldog learned today that a herniated disk
in his neck is pinching his spinal cord. That ends an unheralded,
improbable career that began as an undrafted free agent in 1993.
The 36-year-old Strong, who is from Columbus, Georgia, is a
husband and father of two. He says he feels lucky and blessed to be
able to play for 15 years in the NFL. But the Pro Bowler says.
That's why he calls the decision to retire immediately after 201
career games ``a no-brainer.'' Doctors, including team physiatrist
Dr. Stan Herring, a spine specialist, are telling him that his neck
will heal without surgery -- if he stops playing now.
Strong woke up yesterday in Pittsburgh feeling tingling in his
left arm. He thought it was from a crick in his neck. He then left
the loss to the Steelers in the first quarter after feeling burning
sensations down his arms and legs to his feet following a routine
block.
He's already thinking of beginning a career a broadcasting, in
which he's dabbled the last few offseasons.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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