Former LSU offensive lineman K.J. Malone, the son of NBA legend Karl Malone, announced his retirement from football tonight. Malone spent this weekend in minicamp with the Houston Texans.
Malone was a two-year starter at LSU. In 2017, he made six starts and appeared in seven games for the Tigers at left tackle. However, a knee injury shortened his season.
He went unpicked in April’s NFL Draft, but was given an opportunity as an undrafted free agent with the Texans. Malone told the Texans he was eager to prove himself in H-Town.
“It’s been everything I thought it was,” Malone said. “Just learning from the coaches here and can’t wait to see the vets on Monday and learn from them.”
However, tonight, Malone revealed his knee hasn’t fully healed, leading to his decision to retire.
Malone said he will use this time to pursue a future in law enforcement.
— KJ Malone (@Kj63Kj) May 14, 2018
Health is more important than anything else, so if Malone didn’t feel comfortable playing anymore, he made the right decision. He seems like he has his future planned out away from the game as well.
Best of luck to him as he transitions away from football.