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Arkansas Running Back Announces He's Retiring From Football

The Razorbacks' running back has announced he's retiring from football.

Rawleigh Williams III has decided to retire from football.

The rising junior running back announced in a piece for The Players' Tribune that injuries have forced him to hang up his cleats.

The Dallas, Texas native has had multiple scary neck injuries.

"I've dodged the bullet twice," he wrote.

From his piece:

I’m moving onto the next chapter of my life. It’s tough to not be able to play football anymore because I’ve been playing since I was four years old. It wasn’t something I wanted to do or planned on having to do so early. I’ve prayed, listened to my doctors, my parents and my gut.

It still doesn’t seem real yet, but I really don’t have a choice. I’ve dodged the bullet twice. I realize that at the end of the day I want to live a normal life and be around my family.

The most fun I’ve ever had in my life has been being part of this team the last two years. Playing with my brothers, learning from coaches, the workouts, the preparation, the grind, the games … we sacrificed a lot. Now that I can’t play anymore I wish I could sacrifice more.

Williams was one of the best running backs in the country last season, totaling 1,360 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.

You can read his full piece for TPT here.