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David Ash: Texas Longhorns’ Quarterback Retiring At 22

Thu, September 18, 2014 1:12pm EDT by 5 Comments
David Ash Retired
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On September 17, Texas Longhorn coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback, David Ash, was officially retiring — at only 22 years old!

Colleagues weren’t that shocked to hear the news that David Ash will no longer be playing football. The young sports star has dealt with a ton over the past year and decided this was the smart move. His coach’s reaction to the news will shock you!

David Ash Retiring From Football After Multiple Concussions

When David turned to his coach, Charlie Strong, to let him know he would be quitting, he replied “we all saw this” coming after he suffered multiple concussions. His first concussion occurred in 2013 during a game against BYU. The injury was so severe that he wasn’t allowed back in the stadium due to the bright lights.

Later on that year, he was injured again during a game against Kansas, which ultimately lead to him having to miss the rest of the season.

After being cleared to play in the Spring and playing the opener against North Texas, it was clear that David was not in good enough health to continue playing. So, after reading recent studies showing the long-term risks of playing footballm David has made the decision to end his career and preserve his health.

David Will Remain Part Of The Team

While Texas coach, Charlie Strong, is sad to see him go, he will always consider David as part of the team.

Charlie said he is a “major part of this program” and “he’ll continue to be a part of this team.”

During the course of his short career, David has played in 29 games, throwed for 4,728 yards, and scored 31 touchdowns.

Best of luck to David in all of his future endeavors!

— Shira Benozilio

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