Minnesota Vikings cornerback Asher Allen has decided to walk away from the NFL after only four seasons, informing head coach Leslie Frazier that he intends to retire.
Allen was drafted by the Vikings in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, appearing in 36 games with 21 starts.
He played college football at Georgia.
By most accounts Allen had a pretty bad season in 2011 making 45 tackles and three pass deflections with one interception.
Minnesota ranked 26th in total pass defense last year, giving up 251 yards per game.
Allen did not provide a reason for the retirement, moreover Frazier didn’t ask, but said he was indeed surprised by the decision.
Last season Allen battled multiple injuries that included shoulder problems and lingering concussion symptoms.
With an ever growing concern of long term brain trauma associated with repeated concussion — rumored to be linked to the suicide death’s of Junior Seau and Dave Duerson — Allen likely would cite these serious health concerns as a reason to step away from the game.
Yesterday former New Orleans Saints cornerback Randall Gay was forced into early retirement after he experienced lingering concussion symptoms stemming from a hit he took on the sideline during the 2009 season.