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Tennessee 4-Star Announces He's Retiring From Football

A Tennessee football player holding up his helmet before a game.

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 7: A Tennessee Volunteer holds up his helmet in the team huddle before the NCAA football game against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium on September 7, 2002 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-3. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

It was already known that Todd Kelly was playing his last season at Tennessee in 2018, but it also turns out that it was the final time he'll step on the gridiron.

Kelly had an outstanding career with the Volunteers, as the talented safety quickly became an important piece to the team's secondary. His junior season consisted of 71 tackles in 2016, two interceptions and one forced fumble.

However, the former four-star recruit will have to retire from football due to a lingering issue with his knee.

Kelly actually underwent surgery on his knee in 2017, which resulted in him appearing in just two games for the Volunteers.

The news of his retirement was quite surprising, especially considering that his announcement recently occurred on Twitter.

"After meeting with several specialists, I have been advised to retire from the game of football due to the damage done to my knee over my career," Kelly said in his retirement post. "This diagnosis will hinder me from pursuing a career in the NFL."

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Kelly finished his collegiate career with 169 total tackles and eight interceptions.

It's unfortunate to see his playing days come to an end, but the former Tennessee star sounds ready for the next chapter of his life.