Grant Newsome Medically Retires From Football

Grant Newsome Medically Retires From Football

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Grant Newsome Medically Retires From Football

It’s not the news that he had been hoping to hear, but given the tough road he had ahead of him, unfortunately Michigan left tackle Grant Newsome’s road back to the football field has been stalled — permanently.

As reported by The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb, Jim Harbaugh, recording Tuesday’s Attack Each Day podcast, told him (presumably) and host Ira Weintraub that Newsome will medically retire.

Shortly after, Newsome took to Twitter to explain the situation and why he’s ultimately made the choice to hang up his cleats.

Harbaugh had said earlier this offseason that Newsome was waiting for one more thing to be cleared, and it had to do with the nerves reforming. However, despite the former left tackle getting back to running and such, he was never re-cleared to partake in contact on the practice field.

Newsome had won the left tackle job heading into the 2016 season, and was stalwart at the position. But, in Week Five against Wisconsin, on a special teams play, he took a helmet to the knee, which saw him nearly lose his leg, and potentially his life.

After a month-long hospital stay, Newsome returned to the team, but focused on the little things — how to walk again — while becoming a player-coach in the process.

In his letter on Twitter, Newsome thanks the Michigan community, and shares how the experience has helped him get closer to people such as honorary team member Larry Prout Jr.

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