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    Kenechi Udeze Retires

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    Vikings' defensive end Kenechi Udeze retires
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    Kenechi Udeze, the Vikings defensive end who missed last season because of leukemia, has retired.
    Coach Brad Childress said today that Udeze, the team's first-round draft choice out (20th overall) in 2004 out of USC, has ended his comeback attempt.

    Efforts to reach Udeze were unsuccessful.

    Udeze tied for the team lead in sacks in 2007, but got sick following the season and was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Feb., 2008. He had a bone marrow transplant last July and felt well enough to participate in this springs mini-camps and organized team activities.

    But after the practices, Udeze apparently decided he needed to devote his time to fighting his illness.

    After a June workout, he told the Star Tribune: "I'd be lying if I said it was easy There was never an easy point. The first time I went back to USC and started working out with the fellas, I fell. I took two steps and I fell. I took small steps at first and, to where I am now, I can't complain."

    At the time, Udeze said he had recently had a biopsy. Childress also said at the time he thought Udeze, who was a little heavy, would be 100 percent by the time the team reported to Mankato.

    Udeze also expected to graduate in mid-May from USC with a degree in sociology.

    ALL is a fast-growing cancer of the white blood cells. The donor for Udeze's bone-marrow transplant was his brother, Thomas Barnes. Udeze has made public speaking appearances this year in support of cancer research.

    Udeze and his wife, Terrica, have a young daughter, Bailey. He sat out last season while on the reserve/nonfootball injury and was paid his base salary of $807,500. He was the winner of the team's Ed Block Courage Award.

    He will be missed! His health is more important than football, I wish Udeze the best!

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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    Man that is sad.
    Prayers go to him and his family
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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    Damn. Good luck Kenechi.

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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    Good, he should be doing what he feels is best for his health and his family.

    He had a serious illness that he knew he may not survive. That really changes people's outlooks on life. He probably realized that he should spend time with his family rather than be on the road much of the year.

    I think he's doing the right thing.

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    Wow... I was really excited to see him back on the field. I wish him all the best though.

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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    That is a real pity, i just hope he's OK.

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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    I'm bummed he is retiring; was hoping at worst he decided to sit out another season if his health wasn't where it needed to be.

    My understanding is that we will still have him under contract for the final year of his contract if/when he decides to return... or was that only due to the health issue last year that his contract was extended.


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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    I had said before that it was tough to come back from a injury like that. I am very, very
    sad that this happened but I am not surprised in anyway by it

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    "Garland" wrote:
    I had said before that it was tough to come back from a injury like that. I am very, very
    sad that this happened but I am not surprised in anyway by it
    ??? Leukemia is cancer, not an injury.

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    Re: Kenechi Udeze Retires

    I knew this would be very tough for him and did not expect him to make the roster this season.
    I am surprised that his is hanging them up, so I am hoping that there is not something wrong and he just wants to move on to other things.
    Good luck Kenechi!

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