Oklahoma State Cowboys sophomore safety Dylan Harding has announced his retirement from football following his being diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a condition that causes the narrowing of the spinal column. Harding announced his retirement via a statement on his Twitter.
— Dylan Harding † (@dylanharding4) April 9, 2016
A former three-star recruit from the Tulsa area, Harding registered eight tackles in two seasons in Stillwater, working primarily on special teams. His retirement may be premature, but is definitely the best decision on his end. Spinal stenosis is no joke and can be crippling at times, plus adds to the risk of major injury in sport with as much contact as football.
To give a better idea, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones has spinal stenosis, and it has kept him from breaking out as an NFL star after he was a dominant linebacker at Georgia.
Hopefully, Harding finds a way to remain involved in football without necessarily playing it.
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