Austin Lewis retires from football due to injuries

Western Michigan linebacker Austin Lewis has been forced to retire from football due to numerous head injuries, according to what Broncos coach P.J. Fleck told reporters, including Justin Dacey of

“One thing we don’t mess around with is whether it’s concussions or an issue with the head,” Fleck said. “They have to live the rest of their life, and I understand that.”

Lewis appeared in 13 games last season and managed 66 tackles (5.5 for a loss). He missed all but one game of the 2014 season and will end his career with 110 tackles and a forced fumble.

And though it is sad that Lewis’ football career is ending prematurely, it is probably for the best. Head injuries are not something to be taken lightly in either college or professional football, especially with what we know about CTE today, so Lewis is making the smart decision and making his long-term health a priority, even if it means stopping playing the game he loves.

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