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Anthony Davis eyes NFL return after retirement

A former first-round draft pick is trying to return to the NFL nearly three years after he announced his retirement.

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Anthony Davis, the No. 11 overall pick in the 2010 draft, sent a letter to the NFL on Thursday in hopes of being reinstated by the league, according to Pro Football Talk. Davis retired in 2015 and briefly returned in 2016 before re-retiring later that year.

According to Pro Football Talk, Davis wrote in his letter that he wants to return to football due to a change in perspective on head injuries and the NFL’s efforts to prevent them. He wrote that he was encouraged after reading “articles by 3 different sources pertaining to there being a significant decrease in concussions in the NFL.”

Davis had previously cited a desire to let his “brain and body heal” as the reason behind his decision to retire at 25.

“I appreciate the strides the NFL is making to protect players and better the game for all,” Davis wrote to the NFL, according to Pro Football Talk. “I also appreciate this opportunity and I do not take this for granted.”

Davis was the 49ers’ starting right tackle for four seasons, and he earned a five-year, $37-million extension in 2013. But he started just seven games in 2014 due to a concussion, and pledged to take the following year off before briefly returning in 2016. The 49ers still own Davis’ contract rights.

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

 

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