Patriots’ Armond Armstead retires at the age of 23

The Patriots have announced that defensive lineman Armond Armstead has decided to retire at the age of 23.

Armstead, 23, originally signed with the Patriots on Feb. 1, 2013, after one season with the Toronto Argonauts. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder was placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List on Aug. 26, 2013.

“It has been a pleasure being around Armond, as he gave everything he could to play for us. Armond worked extremely hard since joining us last February. He’s had a lot of adversity personally that he’s had to deal with – unusual compared to most other players – but he’s always had a great attitude, worked hard and really did everything we asked him to do. While it is unfortunate he will not be able to play football, Armond is an outstanding young man who has a very bright future in whatever path he chooses.”