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WVU Linebacker Brendan Ferns Announces Retirement

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West Virginia linebacker Brendan Ferns announced on Wednesday morning he would be retiring from football due to medical reasons.

The highly-recruited linebacker wrote in a Twitter post:

“This was a tough decision, but I have accepted a medical scholarship and will not be able to play my final two years here at WVU,” Ferns wrote. “These past three years at WVU were not how I envisioned them, but life happens. Eventually, every athlete will have to hang it up, but some do sooner than others. Unfortunately, this is the end, but I wouldn’t change anything about my three years here at WVU. The past couple years at WVU taught me valuable life lessons that I will take with me and cherish for the rest of my life. Finally, I want to thank Mountaineer Nation for welcoming me into your family and making my experience here one to remember.”

Ferns is from St. Clairsville, Ohio where he was a four-star prospect who was one of the highest-rated recruits in West Virginia history. He picked West Virginia over blue bloods like Alabama, Michigan and Penn State, but his body kept holding him back once he arrived in Morgantown.

Ferns missed eight games this past season following offseason knee surgery and also missed time in 2017 and 2016 with knee and shoulder injuries. All in all, Ferns was only able to play in eight career games where he racked up a mere 11 tackles.

He was expected to finally be in the rotation this year at linebacker and he would have received plenty of opportunities, especially with David Long, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, leaving early for the NFL.

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