Dec 9, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler (85) drops a pass during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The Packers won 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Former Lions TE Tony Scheffler retires due to concussions

Three concussions over four years were enough to make up Tony Scheffler’s mind for him. Scheffler, who played eight years in the NFL with the Broncos and Lions, told AP he is retiring to pursue a more sedate course in life. Namely, selling real estate and coaching.

Scheffler walks away after amassing 258 career receptions, 3207 yards and 22 TDs. The literal final blow for Scheffler came in week 5 last year against the Packers when he was knocked out by safety Jerron McMillian, on a play for which McMillian received a fine.

The Lions released Scheffler later in the season, after the emergence of Joseph Fauria made him expendable. The Bears and Chiefs both gave him a workout but both ended up passing. He went into the offseason with only dim prospects of being signed, though he told the Associated Press he did receive some interest, just not enough to keep him from retirement.

Scheffler’s best run came in 2007-2008 as a member of Mike Shanahan’s Broncos, when he caught 89 passes for 1194 yards and 8 TDs. He was originally drafted by the Broncos out of Western Michigan in round 2 of the 2007 draft. He was traded to Detroit in 2010 as part of the three-team deal that sent Ernie Sims to Philadelphia.

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