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Akeel Lynch Announces He Will Retire From Football Due To Concussions

Akeel Lynch's statement that he's retiring from football.

Nevada running back Akeel Lynch is retiring due to concussions.

Nevada senior running back Akeel Lynch, who transferred over from Penn State after graduation this past January, is hanging it up. Lynch, who has suffered two concussions this season, announced on Twitter Monday morning that due to his injuries, he is retiring from football. Lynch, in limited action this year, rushed eight times for 29 yards.

Lynch was a productive back at Penn State, rushing for over 1,300 yards and seven touchdowns during his time in Happy Valley.

Here's Lynch's note. It seems like he's making a mature decision.

"Having suffered two significant concussions in a short period of time, and discussing with doctors and family members, I have made the decision to stop playing football.

Honestly speaking, this is one of the hardest decisions I've come across. The decision I made was for my future self. I've been battling the internal conflict between a childhood dream and the consequence of another concussion.

Looking back, I've realized this game has blessed my tremendously. It has given a Canadian kid the opportunities to play on a national level, become a college graduate (WeAre), and is now currently allowing me to pursue my Masters in Education Leadership at UNR. I can't forget to mention the people I've met and life lessons I was given while chasing this American Dream.

I'll be forever grateful for this game.


Lynch was originally a three-star recruit for the class of 2012.