Ex-Chargers Safety Nasir Adderley Retires from the NFL at the Age of 25

Nasir Adderley with Los Angeles Chargers in October 2022.
Nasir Adderley with Los Angeles Chargers in October 2022. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (13436021bb)

Former Los Angeles Chargers’ safety Nasir Adderley won’t take part in the rest of the free agency. Instead, Adderley decided to retire from professional football.

Adderley, who became a free agent this offseason after four years with the Chargers, announced his decision via a statement posted on social media. He walks away from the game at the age of 25.

“I believe I have yet to scratch the surface of the player I could be, but if it’s at the expense of my peace of mind then it’s no longer for me,” Adderley shared on Instagram, adding that his “health is above anything.”

Nasir Adderley played college football at Delaware before becoming a second-round pick by the Chargers in the 2019 NFL Draft. He struggled with injuries in his rookie year, which saw him playing mostly on special teams, but bounced back in his sophomore season and has been the primary starting safety for the franchise since.

In 2022, Adderley started 15 games and contributed with 62 tackles, two interceptions, and four pass breakups. However, he spent most of the Chargers’ 31-30 wild-card loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on the sidelines, playing only two snaps.

Adderley will retire with 232 tackles, 12 pass deflections, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles on his NFL resume.

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