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Pro Athlete Quits Sports To Play Halo Full Time

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Pro Athlete Quits Sports To Play Halo Full Time

Though gaming may be considered a ‘lazy’ activity by many, people of all shapes and sizes love to play. There has long been the stereotype of gamers being unhealthy and unfit and though while yes sometimes we’re both of those things, pro-athletes are in on the fun too. So much so that one NFL star has hung up his helmet and moved on over to playing Halo and leading an esports organisation. 

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Barstool Gametime, on Twitter, posted the press release for Kenny Vaccaro leaving the NFL and focusing on the gaming side of his life. Vaccaro is an avid gamer and has already delved into that world on Twitch as a partnered streamer as well as playing Halo competitively. 

The former NFL star will now be focusing on the Halo World Championships, shifting from one prestigious competition to another. When talking to ESPN the player said: “Technically I am still a free agent. But this is where my mind has been the past six months. I'm happy where I'm at, doing what I'm doing. I just really felt like this was something deep down inside that I wanted to do.”

The press release from Vaccaro’s team says: “Former All-American strong safety Kenny Vaccaro, along with fellow entrepreneurs and professional gamers Hunter Swensson and Cody Hendrix, are excited to announce the launch of their new esports organisation G1 (also known as Gamers First). This next chapter of Vaccaro’s career also coincides with his retirement from professional football, where he spent eight seasons, most notably playing for the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints while competing in the National Football League (NFL). With three different co-founding forces, G1 is anchored by three essential pillars; content, culture, and competition.” 

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Vaccaro has also released a reflective video looking back on his career on Twitter and it’s a good farewell to his old work. 

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Vaccaro isn’t the only sporting personality to be involved in esports though. David Beckham is famously involved in the British organisation Guild which is one of the top tier esports brands out there not too long after its launch. Who said gaming was uncool again?

Featured Image Credit: Kenny Vaccaro / 343 Industries

Topics: Halo

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