Football, the sport that has served David Bruton so well, wasn’t on his radar as a youth. The Miamisburg native was talked into playing by his father for the first time as a seventh grader. His season ended with a broken leg.

He played sparingly as a freshman and was talked into returning to the field as a sophomore “because I wasn’t going to come out.”

The skinny but fast kid who didn’t initially warm up to football joined a trending pattern last week of those who leave the highest level of play. Now 30, he retired from the NFL after eight rewarding if not spectacular seasons, all but one with the Denver Broncos. Despite multiple injuries over the years, it was the fear of more concussions that prompted his exit.

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