Although Clemson enters next season as one of the favorites to win the national championship, the team will be shorthanded on the offensive line. Redshirt Sophomore Noah DeHond will have to retire from football due to an injury to his neck.
DeHond missed all of the 2018 season because he needed to undergo surgery on his neck. The hope was that the procedure would minimize the pain in that area.
Unfortunately DeHond is still dealing with a significant amount of nerve damage to his neck. It’ll force him to end his career with the Tigers after only two seasons.
Last night, the former three-star recruit issued a heartfelt message to everyone involved with the football program.
“So, as of today I am officially retiring from the game of football. Words can’t express how much this game means to me. It has taken me places I could have only dreamed of and has brought people into my life who I will never forget. This game has helped forge who I am today and I am nothing but proud of that,” DeHond said.
Here is his full statement from his Twitter account:
To everyone who helped me get to where I am and to everyone who supported me while I wore the Orange and white, thank you. pic.twitter.com/rr5QOfpqeJ
— Noah DeHond (@NDeHond) April 15, 2019
This has to be a tough decision for DeHond, but hopefully the program provides him the support he needs to remain healthy.
We wish him well on the next chapter of his career.