In stunning news today, Boston College defensive back Christian Lezzer announced his retirement from football. Per his Instagram:
After my most recent concussion, I was faced with the most difficult decision of my life. As of today, I have officially decided to retire from football in best interest for my health. I'm deeply thankful to my friends, family, teammates, and coaches for all the support over the years. Football has taught me some of the greatest life lessons, but when one door closes, another opens. I will move forward and look back on my career with nothing but pride and appreciation. I have no regrets...on to the next chapter of my life.
Lezzer, a sophomore, recorded two tackles in his career for the Eagles, including a big tackle for a loss against Southern California in 2014.
As information about the long term effects of concussions continue to be revealed, these types of early retirements are becoming commonplace. And who can blame them? The research is showing horrifying trauma to the brain, including conditions like CTE. Clearly players have to look ahead to their long term health.
Best of luck in whatever you do in the future, Christian. You will always be an Eagle. #SOAR