Back injuries force Shea to announce his retirement

Updated: May 24, 2008, 1:25 PM ET
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Tight end Aaron Shea, who played for the Cleveland Browns from 2000 to 2005, announced his retirement from football on Friday.

Shea, 31, who was selected 110th overall in 2000, caught 97 passes for 851 yards and seven touchdowns in 65 games, including 30 starts, for Cleveland.

"My back just could not do it," Shea told ESPN Radio 850. "Today, I decided to retire. As much as I wanted to come back and play in a Browns' uniform, holding my girls and stuff like that is just a little more important."

Shea signed a three-year contract in 2006 with the San Diego Chargers after leaving the Browns, but has not been able to play since then because of injuries. He spent nearly all of 2006 on injured reserve, and released by the Chargers in 2007.

"I'm going to see three doctors out in California," Shea said. "I'm going to see what they have to say so I can get this figured out and live a pain-free life."