South Carolina tight end Kiel Pollard announced on Friday that he’s retiring from football, apparently after learning that the broken neck he suffered last week makes it unsafe for him to continue playing the sport.
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Long Post Alert Ever since I was 3 years old, my life has involved football. Last week I did something that every football player knows not to do, I ducked my head while blocking. As I waited on the exam table I thought everything was straight. To my surprise, after the MRI was completed and what felt like the longest 2 hours of my life, I was informed that I would be out for 4-6 weeks with a broken neck. I was perfectly fine with that. I felt no pain and my body was tired so I felt that rest was in order. This week that changed when I found out that last Tuesday would be my last time playing football. Not that I'm not able, but that it's not safe for me to do so. I have loved football and always will! It was my desire to rock Willy B Stadium this year and then play in the NFL but I am aware that God has greater plans for my life! I KNOW THAT I AM MORE THAN FOOTBALL!!! Please don't feel sorry for me because football has been good to me. Football has provided me with a great education in which I will be graduating in December this year! I am smart enough to know God doesn't give anyone a gift that he doesn't plan on using! So with that being said one chapter ends and another begins! 87 out ✌
Pollard, a senior who was projected to start for the Gamecocks, had 15 receptions for 181 yards and two touchdowns last season.
My favorite moment from him in 2018 was not either of those scores, but rather this catch against Vanderbilt when his helmet popped off. The passionate Pollard fully intended to keep on trucking, but wisely took a knee:
It seems that Kiel is making another good decision for his safety here, and we wish him all the best.