Seth Russell is ready to hang up his cleats and pick up a clipboard. One of the most prolific passers in Baylor history has decided to call it a career after an ankle injury he sustained last season never healed properly.
It was the second major injury in his career, this one apparently hampering him irrevocably.
Russell announced his retirement while speaking with Sports Illustrated, expressing his frustration while coming to terms with the reality of his situation.
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With a very heavy heart, I have decided to medically retire from football. It has been an exciting journey with many ups and downs which has ultimately left me with a lifelong love for the game. First, I want to thank God for what He has done, and what He will continue to do in my life as I move forward with this next chapter. Secondly, I want to thank my wife for being the strong and steady rock I am able to lean on through this time. Lastly, I want to give a special thanks to my family, friends and coaches who were there every step of the way. Thank you for pushing me to not only be a better player on the field, but to be a better person off the field. This is a tough time in my life, but with the overwhelming support I have received it can only go up from here. Thank you to everyone who has ever believed in me throughout the years. It's been a fun ride! To God be the glory through it all.
“It just has never got better,” Russell says. “I’d figured it was gonna be a six-month deal. I was working my butt off but whenever I start running, I feel it all through my calf and it’s basically my whole foot [that’s in pain]. It’s been frustrating, but that’s life. You make a decision and I’m moving on.”
Russell broke his ankle and suffered ligament tears against Oklahoma in 2016. It was the second time his season was cut short due to a major injury. In 2015, he fractured a bone in his neck against Iowa. Prior to his ankle injury, Russell was clocked as running a 4.5 in his 40-yard dash.
However, even after aggressive rehabilitation and therapy, he was unable to perform at the combine, his pro day, and went undrafted. Auditions with the Colts, Bengals, and Cowboys proved unfruitful when his mobility limited him from dropping back in the pocket fast enough.
Russell says he hopes to get into coaching and is actively seeking a position as a graduate assistant with a university. Recently married, chances are he’s looking for something more safe and secure to provide for his family.
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