Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash yesterday called time on his playing days after a series of concussions over the past year.
With concussions currently a hot topic in the NFL and with players always trying to find a way back on to the field, it may seem surprising that a college player has done the sensible thing and retired from the game.
Head Coach Charlie Strong revealed the news at Wednesday's press conference:
"I had a chance to talk to David Ash and he came by and we just decided because of his health, which is always critical, he will no longer play football. I told him I wanted him around the team because that's what he deserves. He should be a part of this program and he will continue to be a part of this program."
Ash, a junior, started at quarterback in parts of each of his three years as a Longhorn however concussions meant that in the 2013 season he only played in three games. His first concussion came in a 40-21 week two loss against BYU and then two games later against Kansas State, ending his season.
Ash was in the wars again as he took several big hits after being named starting quarterback for the Longhorns season opener against against North Texas on August 30th. He threw for 190-yards and a touchdown but it was not until after the game that he complained of dizziness and was subsequently diagnosed with a concussion.
Whether the former 4 star recruit could have made it to the big time or not, we will never know. However what is for certain, is that throughout his time as a Longhorn he gave his absolute best, on and off the field.
Tributes, highlighting his commitment came flowing in. NBA MVP Kevin Durant tweeted:
"Thank you David Ash, you gave your all to the University of Texas. I respect your decision and good luck in the future my brother."
Former Longhorns Head Coach Mack Brown also had his say:
"Thank You David Ash for all the hard work and effort you gave Texas FB. May God Bless You moving forward. Good Luck!"
He finishes his career with 4,728 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, with 379 yards on the ground with five rushing touchdowns.
A tough decision for a generally underrated player who loved playing football. But at 22 years old Ash has his whole life ahead of him, making this decision much more sensible.
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