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Noah DeHond’s time as a player for the Clemson football team has come to a disappointing end.
DeHond announced Monday night that he is retiring from football due to a neck injury. He had a redshirt season in 2017, before sitting out all of 2018 with an injury.
The injury did not heal as he hoped, and DeHond said that it is no longer safe for him to continue playing football.
“I had neck surgery this past fall to decompress a nerve in my neck. It was a simple but necessary surgery,” DeHond said in a statement on Twitter. “The relief we were hoping would come out of the surgery hasn’t happened... It’s no longer safe for me to play football.”
DeHond added that he will still be able to stay on scholarship and he plans on being involved in the Clemson program in some capacity moving forward.
The Rochester, New York native was rated as a three-star prospect coming out of high school. He chose Clemson over offers from Alabama, Arkansas and others.