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Former Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung Considering Retirement Amid COVID-19 Concerns

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Central Michigan

Russell Okung nearly opted out of the 2020 season and is considering retirement because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the league’s handling of the situation, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Okung decided against opting out of the contract prior to the deadline, but he is believed to still be on the fence about playing.

Okung suffered from a pulmonary embolism that sidelined him for most of the 2019 NFL season. This was because of blood clots that were found in his body. 


Okung is a two-time Pro Bowler and he has one year remaining on his four-year, $53 million deal. He played for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State from 2006 to 2009. Right from the start he was a star, making the All-Big 12 freshman team in 2006. On December 1, 2009, Okung was named Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year in a vote of the league’s coaches. He was also a unanimous All-American selection.

The Seattle Seahawks went on to draft him with the No. 6 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

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