C.J. Fiedorowicz spent Friday night smiling a lot, posing for pictures with youngsters around Johnsburg’s gymnasium and signing autographs. Fiedorowicz, 26, was part of the first class inducted into the Johnsburg High School Athletic Hall of Fame, along with his sister, Paige. The rest of his family – father Gary, mother LeeAnn and brother Kyle – also attended. Fiedorowicz, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end with the Houston Texans, is perhaps the greatest athlete to ever play in McHenry County and was a cinch for Johnsburg’s new hall. It was no surprise that such a talent landed in the NFL. It was his plan all along. But now, Fiedorowicz is considering retirement. A player who prides himself on his fitness, one who never has undergone a serious surgery or torn a ligament, suffered three concussions this season. Fiedorowicz feels great now and has been working out hard, but thoughts of another blow to the head are ever-present. Fiedorowicz is coming to grips with his professional mortality. Things were fine heading into the season. Fiedorowicz, fresh off signing a three-year, $21.5 million deal (with a little more than $10 million guaranteed) had four catches for 46 yards in the first half of the season opener against Jacksonville. “A dude knocked me out,” he said. “After eight weeks (a period on injured reserve), when I came back, it was constantly on my mind. I wasn’t always able to play loose and free. It was in my head. Anytime that’s on your mind while you’re playing an NFL football game, you’re in trouble. You can’t play timid. Guys are trying to take your head off, you know?” Fiedorowicz might have recovered had he not suffered two more concussions. He played only five games, catching 14 passes for 127 yards.
NFL Rumors: Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz mulls retirement
Northwest Herald | Feb 12