Washington Huskies offensive lineman Erik Kohler announced Thursday that he’ll be retiring from football due to medical reasons.
The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Kohler told The Seattle Times that while the decision is the right one in terms of his future health, it will still be a shock to no longer be out on the football field:
My body just couldn’t do it any more.
My body is definitely happier (now). But I’ve been playing football since my freshman year in high school, and I’ve been an athlete all my life, and there isn’t really anything that can prepare you for this.
Kohler was considered on of the five best offensive lineman prospects in the nation when he came out of high school in 2010. He played as a true freshman on Washington’s 2010 team and established a streak of 20 consecutive starts from 2010 to 2012.
Kohler will be allowed to keep his scholarship so he can finish up his undergraduate degree at UW. The scholarship won’t count against the limit of 85 scholarships imposed by the NCAA.
[Source: The Seattle Times]