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Boston College Football: Per Instagram OL James Hendren To Retire

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Another loss on the offensive line

Football is a tough sport, one that takes a physical toll that's hard to imagine by those who don't play it. Today one of BC's own, James Hendren, was forced to call it a career due to multiple concussions (per his Instagram page).

It saddens me to say that as of today, my football playing days have come to an end. I've been medically disqualified from playing football as a result of the number of concussions I've had, and the risk associated with continuing playing after those head injuries. I'd like to say how grateful I am to have had the opportunities in this game that I've had. I've been able to learn lessons from this game that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Some of the best lessons in life are made so clear by this sport. I've met people who will be a part of my life forever. The support I've had during my playing career from my family, friends, coaches, teachers, professors, and BC fans has been incredible, and I couldn't begin to show how grateful I am for that. I've had so much to be thankful for as a result of this game, and I'll love it forever. I want to thank my coaches at BC, particularly Coach Frye and Coach Addazio for giving me a chance to realize my dream of playing at Boston College. It's a special place, a special institution, and the football team here is a special group of men. The team will undoubtedly have major successes in the very near future, and while it saddens me that I'm not able to be a part of that as I thought I would be, it's so exciting to be able to see it so soon. I want to thank Coach Day at Dexter for inspiring a love for the game that will be there forever. I especially want to thank Astrid and David Hendren for being my rocks throughout my career, and I know they'll always be there for me no matter what. I wish my playing career didn't have to end like this, I wish it didn't have to end ever, but sometimes that's the way it goes. It's such an amazing game, and it will forever hold a special, special place in my heart.

A photo posted by James Hendren (@jhendren58) on

Hendren, a massive offensive lineman from Brookline MA, was a 3* recruit who chose BC over Arkansas, Penn State, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt. He was red-shirted in 2014, but saw playing time this past season playing in 11 games (according to The 6'7", 293 pound Hendren saw most of the time this season backing up right tackle Dave Bowen.

You hate to see this happen to anyone, but you have to respect his decision and BC's choice. Concussions and head injuries are nothing to take lightly, and as more research comes out, the long term effects can be devastating. There is more to life than football, best of luck to James in whatever he chooses to do. He'll always be an Eagle. Soar.