The Oklahoma State Cowboys need all the help they can get on their defense this year, but it looks like they have taken a hit at the linebacker position. Joshua Mabin announced that he would retire from football due to a rare and rather serious medical condition.
Mabin took to Twitter and said that this condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, will cause him to hang up his cleats for good. This disease, which is usually hereditary, can cause someone to go into sudden and deadly cardiac arrest when the body is put under too much strain.
Since football is one of the most high intensity sports out there, Mabin decided it was best to call it a career.
Mabin was a three-star member of the Cowboys’ 2015 recruiting class and was expected to have a big year from a backup role in 2016. He recorded four tackles in three games as a true freshman last year.