Boston College OL Hendren pens heartfelt letter after being DQ’d by concussions
The promising football career of Boston College’s James Hendren has come to an end, as the rising redshirt sophomore was medically disqualified from playing football due to the concussions he has sustained.
“It saddens me to say that as of today, my football playing days have come to an end,” Hendren said in touching Instagram post Monday night. “I’ve been medically disqualified from playing football as a result of the number of concussions I’ve had, and the risk associated with continuing playing after those head injuries.”
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It saddens me to say that as of today, my football playing days have come to an end. I've been medically disqualified from playing football as a result of the number of concussions I've had, and the risk associated with continuing playing after those head injuries. I'd like to say how grateful I am to have had the opportunities in this game that I've had. I've been able to learn lessons from this game that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Some of the best lessons in life are made so clear by this sport. I've met people who will be a part of my life forever. The support I've had during my playing career from my family, friends, coaches, teachers, professors, and BC fans has been incredible, and I couldn't begin to show how grateful I am for that. I've had so much to be thankful for as a result of this game, and I'll love it forever. I want to thank my coaches at BC, particularly Coach Frye and Coach Addazio for giving me a chance to realize my dream of playing at Boston College. It's a special place, a special institution, and the football team here is a special group of men. The team will undoubtedly have major successes in the very near future, and while it saddens me that I'm not able to be a part of that as I thought I would be, it's so exciting to be able to see it so soon. I want to thank Coach Day at Dexter for inspiring a love for the game that will be there forever. I especially want to thank Astrid and David Hendren for being my rocks throughout my career, and I know they'll always be there for me no matter what. I wish my playing career didn't have to end like this, I wish it didn't have to end ever, but sometimes that's the way it goes. It's such an amazing game, and it will forever hold a special, special place in my heart. 🏈
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The 6-foot-7, 293-pound Medfield, Massachusetts, native played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 and started two games at right tackle for the Eagles. Hendren was No. 2 on the depth chart behind tackle Dave Bowen, who exhausted his eligibility at the end of the 2015 season.