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Northwestern Senior Matthew Harris Is Retiring From Football

Matthew Harris, a senior cornerback at Northwestern, is retiring.

Northwestern's senior defensive back announced today that he is retiring from the sport.

Matthew Harris, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback, has been dealing with concussion issues.

From Northwestern:

"This is an incredibly difficult decision to reach, but it is the right one for me and for my future," said Harris. "I'm so thankful for Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Brown and the rest of the staff that brought me to Northwestern and have mentored me over the last several years. My teammates are like brothers, and while not being on the field with them has been frustrating and challenging, I'm so proud of the group and what we've helped build together. I owe thanks to our athletic training and sports medicine staffs, whose care throughout my Wildcats career has been outstanding. Finally and most importantly, I can never appropriately express the love and gratitude I have for my family, which has supported me on every step of this journey and will continue to for years to come."

"There are few things I love more than playing the game of football and the game has provided me with so many opportunities, including the chance to attend this University. It has been a blessing to be a part of this community and learn so many lessons. Northwestern has given me so much, I look forward to taking full advantage of my chance to give back to the world around me in the future."

Harris was an All-Big Ten performer in 2015 and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.