Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Ryan Swope’s NFL career ended pretty much before it began.Selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the former Texas A&M wideout fell in the draft due to a history of concussions in college.Unable to get back onto the field after suffering from concussion-related symptoms during the team’s OTAs earlier in the summer, the team decided to place the rookie on the reserve-retired list. “We knew Ryan has a concussion history in college and understood that it could possibly be an issue,” said Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim in a press release. “But weighing all the elements — the medical information available, the particular position in the draft — it was a decision we were comfortable making. As it turned out, he had a setback after he got here. Over the course of the subsequent evaluations, we all decided that Ryan’s long-term well-being was the number-one priority and this was the best course to take.”Swope released a statement via his representation, Rep 1 Sports, on Twitter Thursday.“As a result of a concussion I suffered during OTAs, I was advised by doctors that there were serious risks in returning to play football at this point. It has been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL but my long-term health interests outweigh my current goals for football. Because of that, I am electing to retire from the game for now and then reassess my future after this season. In the meantime, I plan to return to Texas A&M to pursue my degree. I want to thank the Arizona Cardinals organization for the opportunity and their support. I wish the team much success this season.” 0 Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Swope recorded 252 receptions for 3,117 yards and 24 touchdowns in college.