Iowa State senior linebacker Levi Peters has decided to stop playing football due to extensive injuries, according to an official statement.
In his statement, Peters addressed how he made his decision after winter workouts and will remain with the team in a non-playing capacity at the insistence of new head coach Matt Campbell. He had a career season last year as Iowa State 3-9 (2-7 Big 12), posting 47 tackles with four sacks and three forced fumbles.
But it’s clear as to why Peters would decide to hang up his cleats, as his injury history speaks for itself. Not only did he have two surgeries on his right knee prior to arriving at Iowa State, but he also went through two left foot operations during his collegiate career and also tore his right Achilles tendon.
That said, rather than let his body take even more punishment and risk his long-term health, Peters is making the right decision and walking away from the game because at any age, it’s important to think about the future.
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