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Seahawks' Gray Retires

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By GREGG BELL
AP Sports Writer
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) - Seahawks offensive lineman Chris Gray has
retired on the eve of his 16th NFL season because of a lower back
and spine injury that threatened his ability to walk.
Seattle's record holder for consecutive games played at 121 at
guard and center from 1999 to 2006 made his announcement nine days
after he felt his back pop while hitting a blocking sled in
training camp.
The 38-year-old Gray said three team doctors told him Saturday
that he risked paralysis if he continued playing. He said that made
his decision clear but not easy. He added he'd been crying for two
days while telling people of his forced retirement.
      
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