Catastrophic injuries are an unfortunate reality in the game of football, and they’ve been the end of many promising players’ careers before they even really got started.
Unfortunately, Iowa offensive tackle Ezra Miller is the latest to fall victim to a career-ending injury.
According to Blair Sanderson of Rivals, Miller is being medically forced to retire from football. Per the report, Miller’s father revealed that he is suffering from “ongoing back issues.”
Miller will reportedly remain enrolled at Iowa.
Spoke to Ezra Miller's father, Patrick Miller, today and was told that unfortunately Ezra will have to medically retire from football due to ongoing back issues. He will remain in school at Iowa, but no longer playing football https://t.co/fwEqo1VqNA https://t.co/a8rPbECpMQ
— Blair Sanderson (@BlairRIVALS) January 15, 2020
As for the Hawkeyes, it’s a big loss for the program from a recruiting standpoint.
247Sports rated Miller as a four-star prospect and the No. 354 overall prospect in the Class of 2019. He was the No. 31 offensive tackle in the nation, and the No. 2 prospect from the state of Iowa.
That made him the second-highest rated player in Iowa’s recruiting class that year, per 247Sports.
But he did not play all for Iowa in his freshman year with the team.
Best of luck moving forward, Ezra!