To many people, hearing that Travis Frederick was retiring after only 7 seasons might not mean much. But to the fans who paid more attention then just to stats know the stardom the Dallas Cowboys just lost. While the Center position is not the most glorified in football, Frederick was one of the most consistent athletes to ever play the position.
Drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL draft, Travis immediately became the starting center. He led an offensive team that rushed for over 1,800 yards that season and that was just the beginning of a stellar career for him. The next season he anchored an offensive line that helped feature running back DeMarco Murray rush for a league-best 1,845 yards and have over 2,000 yards from scrimmage. Throughout his 7 seasons, he started every regular-season game he played in (a total of 96) and was voted to 5 pro-bowls. He made the all-rookie team in 2013 and was voted 87th in the NFL’s top 100 rankings in 2017. He was also a first-team all-pro in 2016.
While his retirement came as a surprise to the Cowboys, there have been signs leading up to his announcement. In 2018 he was diagnosed with GBS (Guillain-Barré syndrome) a condition that affects the nervous system. Although he lost strength, he worked his way back to the field in the 2019-20 season and started all 16 games at center. Even though he was voted to his 5th pro bowl appearance, he talked about how difficult it was for him to get to that spot and how he wants to be his best for his teammates and he feels he can no longer do that.
Hats off to a great career, and whoever fills the center position next for Dallas has big shoes to fill.
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