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A Star College Football RB Is Retiring From Football

An exterior view of Northwestern's football stadium.

EVANSTON, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of Ryan Field before the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Syracuse Orange on September 7, 2013 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

One of the most-promising running backs in college football is being forced into retirement due to a recent medical diagnosis.

Jeremy Larkin, a sophomore running back at Northwestern, has to retire effective immediately. The star running back has been diagnosed with cervical stenosis.

The condition is not life-threatening, but it will prevent him from playing football.

Larkin, a 5-foot-10 running back, had 72 carries for 346 yards and 5 touchdowns so far this season. He was averaging nearly 5 yards a carry.

Larkin released the following statement:

"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old" Larkin said. "I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first. I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."