Ex-Baylor QB Seth Russell Retires From Football Due To Injury

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.


“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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