USC football player Cole Smith is set to retire just three years after beginning his career with the Trojans.
According to a report from Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, the redshirt junior is set to retire due to arthritis in his knees.
While the center did confirm that he has arthritis in his knees, Smith says that the main contributing factor to his decision to retire is because of a patellar dislocation.
#USC center Cole Smith, the son of former Rams lineman Doug Smith, is retiring from football because of arthritis in his knees
— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) February 13, 2018
“I do have arthritis but I’m main retiring because of patellar dislocation. Thanks for the love though,” Smith wrote on Twitter. “Fight On.”
The former three-star recruit will finish out his education at USC with the university committing to honor his scholarship. Smith is set to graduate next year with a degree in business administration.