Having suffered five concussions in a span of 14 months, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett retired from football on Friday.
The Mountaineers announced that the senior will walk away from the game, per ESPN.com's Jake Trotter. Trickett is not leaving football altogether. He may replace his cleats for a clipboard as he hopes to become a football coach.
Trickett thanked WVU fans on Twitter after the announcement was made public:
Trickett suffered a concussion in what proved to be a 26-20 loss to Kansas State back on Nov. 20 and hasn't returned to the field since. On Dec. 18, he received medical clearance to play in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29, but head coach Dana Holgorsen announced on Friday that Trickett would be out, per Greg Madia of WVSports.com:
Then came Trickett's retirement.
He revealed that two of the five concussions weren't revealed to the West Virginia medical staff, and he accepts full responsibility for his actions, per Allan Taylor of WVMetroNews.com:
ESPN.com's Kevin Van Valkenburg wonders how many players have acted similarly in regard to hiding concussions:
Trickett acknowledged that in order to become a football coach, he needed to retire before the damage to his body was irreparable:
Should Trickett become a coach, he'd be following in the footsteps of his father, Rick, who's an assistant head coach and offensive line coach at Florida State.
Between his time at Florida State and West Virginia, Trickett threw for 5,837 yards and 32 touchdowns.