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Marcus Stroud: Actively Retired NFL Veteran

Injuries are an unfortunate part of a player’s life in the National Football League, even of the career-ending variety. In Marcus Stroud‘s case, two to the same shoulder in 2010 put him on the road no athlete wants to travel. But he made attempts to get healthy and bad luck caused the 13th overall pick of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars to make the decision to hang up his helmet a year later.

While rehabbing with the New England Patriots, Stroud caught a staph infection and coupled with the fact that his shoulder was not responding, he retired with 424 tackles and 29.5 sacks in a 10-year career.

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“Four surgeries later, here I am,” says Stroud. “I believe that I could have helped a team for another two or three years (if healthy).”

Deciding to stay in shape in his retirement, Stroud still hits the gym four days a week but modified his training routine somewhat from what he did. “I don’t lift as heavy as I used to, but increased the volume,” the 35-year-old says. “I also do a lot more aerobic-style exercises and MMA cardio.”

Stroud is also cognizant of his diet. “I eat better (now) than I used to back then,” he explains. “I never wanted to be the fat guy; I want to keep it slim and sexy.”

Always a community-oriented player, that has not changed for Stroud these days. He runs an annual youth football camp that doesn’t concentrate solely on offensive and defensive drills.

“It’s more of a wellness camp, with both boys and girls,” he described. “All ages and sizes and everyone gets a chance to participate, not just the great football athletes.

“Besides, (we) also give people the knowledge to eat better and fight obesity,” continues Stroud. “We show the parents, as well, and give them suggestions on how to find non-expensive healthy food if that’s a concern.”

This past summer marked the fifth anniversary of the ‘Marcus Stroud 99 Pro Football Camp For Kids,’ which is held at his alma mater, the University of Georgia, and includes other NFL and NCAA players.

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Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars 

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