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Former Bills cornerback Ike Brown explains his decision to retire

Former Bills cornerback Ike Brown explains his decision to retire

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Ike Brown, right, shown while with Florida International, has retired from the NFL.

Ike Brown's brief career with the Buffalo Bills is over.

An undrafted rookie free agent cornerback out of Florida International, the Bills placed Brown on the NFL's reserve/retired list Monday. On Friday, Brown explained his decision on social media.

"In the midst of everything I love the game but doing it so long to a point I fell out of love with actually playing it," Brown wrote, noting that "I have run my course with football."

Brown said he appreciated every moment he had in the game and all the players whom he played with and against and the coaches. 

"Sometimes you have people where football is their life and sometimes you have people where football is a course in their life," he wrote. "I have run my course with football and am grateful for every experience and opportunity it has brought." 

Here is his full statement:

Brown signed with the Bills after the 2020 NFL Draft in April. He had 101 tackles and five interceptions in his Florida International career. He started 12 games as a senior, finishing with 44 tackles and seven passes defensed.

Brown was a long shot to make the Bills' roster behind Tre'Davious White, Josh Norman, Levi Wallace, Taron Johnson, Siran Neal and seventh-round draft choice Dane Jackson at cornerback.

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I started at The Buffalo News in 2009, and have previously been honored as one of the top 10 beat writers in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors for my coverage of the Bills. I live in Amherst with my wife, Melissa, and son, Elliott.

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