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Nebraska Starter Announces Retirement From Football

Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. #4 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Memorial Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Nebraska center Michael Decker announced the end of his college football career this afternoon. Decker was the starter for the Huskers last season. His year was cut short in late October due to injury.

On October 25, Nebraska edged out Purdue 25-24. Decker went down with a serious knee injury during the game. As it turns out, that was the last game of his career.

Michael Decker took to Twitter today to announce his retirement, leaving an opening at the Nebraska center position.

Decker made the announcement this afternoon. The full text of his note:


This message is to officially announce that I am stepping away from football. Over the past 6 months, I have taken a step back and looked at my future career goals and decided that I can no longer accommodate football's commitments. It was finally time to see that these aspirations outweighed the lacking desire to continue playing the game. Which, given the team's goals, would only hurt them by my participation.

This decision does not come lightly, considering the incredible people I have met at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I thank my teammates in past and present, who kept me in it for so long. You are truly my brothers who I am indebted to for the rest of my life.

I thank Mike Reilly, Scott Frost, Mike Cavanaugh, Greg Austin, and all other assistants for their time and effort in my football career. They inspired me with their work ethic and character, which I will take with me into the future. That goes for the academic, compliance, life skills, and training departments as well, who did a great job in supporting my obligations these past few years.

Finally, I thank Husker nation for their support. Their tradition and passion is unmatched by any school in the country. Such a relationship is something that will stay with me as I watch its future.

Michael Decker"

Decker was out for the spring, recovering from the knee injury. Three players took snaps in his stead, and could vie for the role, per the Omaha World-Herald:

In spring practices, three Huskers — seniors Tanner Farmer and Cole Conrad, and redshirt freshman Hunter Miller — took snaps at center, with Farmer sliding over from his starting right guard spot.

The paper notes that a move by Farmer to center would potentially open up his guard spot for top reserve Boe Wilson. However, it was Conrad that filled in due to injury last season. Either way, Scott Frost has some big decisions to make.

[Omaha World-Herald]