University of Houston defensive lineman Sedrick Williams will not play in the 2020 season because of heart complications related to COVID-19.
In a post on Facebook, Williams said:
"I’ve had my mind made up for a min now , but hearing this story made it even easier ... As a result of the virus I’ve had complications with my heart and I really don’t know the outcome or what’s in store for me in the future , I just know that my life is more precious to me than football could ever be ... I’VE DECIDED TO OPT OUT OF THE 2020 FOOTBALL SEASON due to these complications ... I won’t take this year for granted , IM COMING BACK BIGGER , FASTER , & STRONGER than EVER ...
If you support my decision , thank you . If you don’t support my decision , thank you ."
Williams, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in July, said the death of basketball player Michael Ojo helped spur his decision. Ojo died last week after having a heart attack in practice. He was 27.
Williams is a transfer student from Kilgore College, where he was named Southwest Junior College Football Conference Most Valuable Player in 2019. The pass-rushing specialist recorded 48 tackles and seven sacks, along with 18 quarterback hurries, last season.
Williams will be able to take a redshirt this season and have two years of eligibility remaining at Houston.