Reports out of South Bend on Saturday reveal that Notre Dame outside linebacker Danny Spond will be ending his football career due to medical reasons. Spond recording 39 tackles during Notre Dame’s run to the championship game last season.
Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly spoke about Spond’s decision, praising the young man’s character:
It was an emotional decision. It didn’t come without a lot of thought. He spent the day speaking to a lot of specialists and his family was here, so this was not a decision that came easy.
He loves his teammates, but I think what’s most important is he did what was in his best interest for his future. He’s got a bright future. And his immediate [future] is he wants to be with the team, and our teammates were excited to hear he’ll be with us every day. He’ll travel with us. He’ll help coach (ESPN).
Spond’s family has not yet released specifics regarding his medical condition. We wish him all the best in his life outside of football.