A day following his 30th birthday, former Denver Broncos Safety and Special Teams Captain, David Bruton Jr., has announced his retirement from the NFL. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Legwold, Bruton said, “I’m burnt-out, definitely worry about my health, another season was cut short by a concussion [in ’16] — that’s six. I’m a guy who likes to use his brain. Especially back in school, I need as many brain cells as possible with all these science classes. It came down to health, and I’ve definitely had my time in the league. I’m ready to move on.”
Six concussions in 8 years is a lot in a short period of time, so nobody should question him for this decision.
Bruton was drafted in the 4th round (#114 overall), out of Notre Dame in 2009. He spent his 8th and final season in the NFL with Washington after being placed in Injured Reserve during Denver’s Super Bowl 50 Championship Season in 2015. Burton played in 108 games over his career (104 in Denver). He had 3 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles, 2 sacks and was tagged with 125 tackles according to profootballreference.com.
Bruton graduated from Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology. During the 2015 season, he was selected as the Denver Broncos Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. His work with Bruton’s Books, a charity he set up during his time in Denver. For more information on the charity you can visit the website at www.brutonsbooks.org or follow via twitter @BrutonsBooks.
Bruton has returned to school at University of Colorado-Denver to become a Physical Therapist.
We at DBZ, wish David and his family nothing but the best in his post-football life.