Arizona State football player Marcus Ball is calling it a career.
On Wednesday evening, Ball announced he would be retiring from football due to recurring seizures. Ball says he was diagnosed as epileptic during the summer of his sophomore year. He says his decision to hang up his cleats was so he can live a better quality of life.
Ball announced the news in a lengthy statement on social media.
“Those who know my story know that I have now been battling with uncontrollable seizures going on three years and was diagnosed epileptic my sophomore summer,” Ball wrote. “Those who don’t, I want to make it clear that I am now retiring from football so I can live a better quality of life.
“My health and family are first in my life, but I make it clear that Arizona State University has put me in a position as well as it can do with others to succeed in life. As I continue to be a positive impact in the program, I want to say thank you to all as my journey ends but OUR journey continues as we embark on winning a National Championship.”
You can read the full statement below:
— Marcus Ball (@Marcus_Ball31) September 6, 2017
Last season, Ball recorded 64 tackles, one sack and an interception.
Arizona State returns to the field on Saturday, Sept. 9 when they play host to the San Diego State Aztecs.
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