Billy Price Recovering from Pulmonary Embolism, Announces Retirement from Professional Football

By Chris Lauderback on May 25, 2024 at 11:07 am
Billy Price

Former Ohio State guard/center Billy Price announced via Instagram on Saturday morning that he is recovering from a pulmonary embolism suffered in late April and will be forced to retire from professional football. 

In the blink of an eye, everything can be taken away. On April 24th I had emergency pulmonary embolism surgery to remove a saddle clot that was entering both of my lungs. As a healthy 29 year old, an unprovoked pulmonary embolism with no further medical explanation is terrifying. I am truly thankful to be alive today. Unfortunately, I will be retiring from the NFL as the risk of an internal bleed while on blood thinners creates tremendous risk.

I am truly thankful for the opportunity to have played in some of the greatest atmospheres around the world. I am thankful to have trained and played alongside men who will continue to make Pro Bowls, All Pro Rosters and Hall of Fame recognitions.

To my wife: this career would not have been possible without your continued love and support. The sacrifices you have made over the course of my career do not go unnoticed. I cannot wait to navigate the next chapter in life with you as we continue to grow our family.

The Austintown, Ohio product starred at Ohio State winning a national championship in 2014, earning back-to-back All-American nods in 2016 and 2017, and capturing the Rimington Trophy and Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2017. 

Following his decorated career in Columbus, Price was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st-pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. After three seasons with the Bengals, Price had stints with the New York Giants, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and finally with the Dallas Cowboys as a member of the practice squad in 2023-24.  

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