Georgia offensive lineman Sage Hardin is giving up football.
Hardin announced Tuesday night on Twitter that he has retired from the sport for medical reasons.
Thank you Dawg Nation pic.twitter.com/HSgOu2QAVe
— Sage Hardin (@SageHardin75) September 12, 2017
Hardin, a redshirt sophomore, said his decision comes with a “heavy heart” following “multiple surgeries, many months of rehab, and non-stop prayer.”
“… it is in my best interest to discontinue playing the game that I have known and loved since I was a young boy,” Hardin wrote. “The decision to medically retire revolves around me coming to terms with what my body can and can’t do physically. My body no longer enables me to do activities like football that God once blessed me with, for I cannot sit in a chair without pain, nor can I hardly run.”
According to Dawgs247, the 6-foot-6, 291-pound Hardin suffered a “freak” hamstring injury during the spring and has not practiced with the team since.
“A wise man recently told me that you have to ‘walk’ away from the game, not ‘limp’ away from the game,” Hardin wrote. “My hope with this decision is that one day I will be able to experience simple everyday activities once more, limit the long-term ramifications that have already occurred, and successfully ‘walk’ away from football.”
Per NCAA rules, a medical disqualification will allow Hardin to keep his scholarship as a student. At that point, the scholarship would not count against Georgia’s 85 allotted football scholarships.
Hardin joins former wide receiver Shakenneth Williams as Georgia players who have taken a medical retirement this year. Like Williams, Hardin says he will now also serve as an offensive student assistant on the coaching staff.
Hardin called it “truly an honor to fulfill a life-long dream of mine” in playing for the Bulldogs and thanked the coaching staff, players and trainers for their support.
Hardin redshirted in 2015 before played in the only game of his career last season, against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Hardin, from Atlanta, was a three-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting cycle.
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