Another college athlete has had to end his football days sooner than expected and again due to a (or should I say a lot of?) concussions.
Steven Thomas, a safety for the BYU Cougars, has retired from football, after conversation with athletic trainers, coaches and family. Not the way he wanted to end it, but certainly the best move. Here is to hoping his teammates don’t say what they did in Austin.
The Cougars wrapped up practice in the indoor practice facility Tuesday night, and coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed that junior safety Steven Thomas’ football-playing career at BYU is over.
Thomas, who started the first three games of the season before suffering a concussion against Florida State, has not fully recovered from that hit, and the risk of suffering another concussion is too great.
Mendenhall said coaches and trainers met with Thomas’ family last week and the decision was made then to have him stop playing. Thomas, from Chino Hills, Calif., will continue to support the team this year as a player-assistant coach and BYU will honor his scholarship until he graduates.
Thomas joins Tre’ Newton as the second reported player having to quit college football in the last two days due to head injuries.