West Virginia linebacker and former four-star recruit Brendan Ferns’ football career has come to an end. Ferns announced his medical retirement on Twitter earlier today.
A top-150 recruit, Ferns was the No. 6 player in the state of Ohio and the No. 7 inside linebacker in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He was the Mountaineers’ top signee in the 2016 cycle.
However, injuries sapped Ferns’ college career of its potential. He played in only eight games in three seasons, totaling 11 tackles.
Ferns’ revealed he was giving up the game in a Twitter statement today.
“This was a tough decision, but I have accepted a medical scholarship and will not be able to play my final two years here at WVU,” he wrote. “These past three years at WVU were not how I envisioned them, but life happens.
“Eventually, every athlete will have to hang it up, but some do sooner than others. Unfortunately, this is the end, but I wouldn’t change anything about my three years here at WVU. The past couple years here at WVU taught me valuable life lessons that I will take with me and cherish for the rest of my life. Finally, I want to thank mountaineer nation for welcoming me into your family and making my experience here one to remember.”
Thanks for the memories Mountain Nation! pic.twitter.com/FS7MnmjvV4
— Brendan Ferns (@Brendan_Ferns) March 27, 2019
We’ve unfortunately seen a rise in players medically retiring in recent years. However, it is good to see them take health into account when making decisions for their future.
We wish Ferns the best.