Florida's Rod Johnson officially retires due to spinal issues

Florida's Rod Johnson officially retires due to spinal issues

Published Jun. 15, 2015 4:05 p.m. ET

By Matt Lombardi

Florida offensive lineman Rod Johnson will stay retired, after all. Johnson, who was forced to cut his career short back in April due to a congenital spinal condition, vowed earlier this month that he'd continue seeking opinions until a doctor would clear him to continue playing football. But Monday afternoon, Johnson tweeted that he’s making the decision to call it quits for good. He mentioned that he doesn’t want his mother to have to see him in a wheelchair.

"Talk with my family and trainers I agree 100 percent with the professional doctors so Im making my decision on my own to walk away from this game," Johnson wrote on Twitter. "Throw your 5s up.

"I'm making this decision because I would hate for my mom to see me in a wheelchair. Mom your my blessing to start a new chapter."


While this is certainly a tough thing for Johnson to swallow, he’s ultimately making the right decision – you can’t put a price on your health. Whatever the next chapter of his life winds up being, let’s hope he’s successful.

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