Sage Hardin, a highly touted four-star offensive lineman out of Marist High School in Atlanta, Ga., will forgo his remaining three years of college football in favor of retiring.
A member of the scout team his freshman year, Hardin played in a reserve role last season. Now, he'll step away from the game for good.
The well-written letter explains that Hardin's decision is to medically retire. "My body no longer enables me to do activities like football that God once blessed me with, for I cannot sit in a chair without pain, nor can I hardly run."
So Hardin is definitely making the right decision to hang the cleats up, hearing that he can barely run. He was able to fulfill a lifelong dream and play for his state college.
To their credit, head coach Kirby Smart is keeping Hardin within the program as an offensive student assistant, and Hardin should be able to remain on scholarship.
Hopefully Hardin can get healthy quickly in his time away from the grind of a football season.