Adding to a growing list of players who are retiring for health considerations, Northwestern’s Matt Harris has decided to call it quits. Harris released a statement to announce his intent to retire.
“There are few things I love more than playing the game of football and the game has provided me with so many opportunities, including the chance to attend this University.,” he said.
“It has been a blessing to be a part of this community and learn so many lessons. Northwestern has given me so much, I look forward to taking full advantage of my chance to give back to the world around me in the future.”
Harris is a team captain who has played in a total of 37 games for the Wildcats. He has compiled 161 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles. He is a two-time All Big Ten Academic honoree and was the recipient of the Irving Kabiller Memorial Award for Excellence in Character, Commitment and Community.
He used thee $5,000 grant he received from the award to fund a multi-day program serving underprivileged young men in the Evanston community during the summer of 2016.
Northwestern is currently 4-3 and will play Ohio State on Oct. 29. Harris has not played this season since their Sept. 10 loss to Illinois State.
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