Former Kansas linebacker Joe Dineen Jr. has officially retired from football and is beginning his coaching career.
Dineen was one of the top linebackers in the Big 12 from 2015-18 and announced Monday that he had accepted an offer as a graduate assistant at SMU.
He announced the news on Twitter and Instagram.
As my football career as a player comes to an end, I wanted to reflect and give my appreciation to all the people that have helped me get to where I am today… It all started in 3rd grade when Big Keith Loneker… http://t.co/fSDYO5DyqT— Joe Dineen (@JoeDineen18) June 1, 2020
“It was a tough decision,” Dineen told the Lawrence Journal-World on Monday afternoon. “But with how cool of a school SMU is, it was hard to turn down.”
Former KU linebacker and assistant coach Kevin Kane is now the SMU defensive coordinator and helped sell Dineen on the GA job.
Dineen almost made the 53-man roster with the Denver Broncos during his rookie season in the NFL, then was a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad until the end of the 2019 season. But with the 2020 NFL season up in the air, Dineen decided to call it a career.
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