Concussions force Corey Robinson to retire from football

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Corey Robinson‘s football career is over. The Notre Dame student body president won’t play his senior season after suffering multiple concussions throughout his three-year career in South Bend.

Robinson made the news official via a statement released in coordination with the athletic department.

“After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue playing football due to multiple concussions. I couldn’t have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program. I am extremely thankful to Coach Kelly and his staff for the life-changing opportunity to play football at the greatest University in the world. I will continue to help our team as a student assistant and look forward to a great senior year.”

Robinson was expected to be Notre Dame’s most experienced wide receiver in 2016, but he suffered a concussion during spring practice and missed the remainder with lingering symptoms. After meeting with doctors and specialists over the past three months, the decision to end his football career was made after a final meeting with Brian Kelly last week.

Kelly had this to say in a statement on Robinson’s decision.

“This was an extremely tough decision for Corey. He’s such a committed kid to everything he does — whether it be academics, football, community service or campus leadership initiatives — that he wanted to finish his four-year career on the field. He was so excited to lead a group of young receivers this fall.

“While that won’t happen in the manner Corey initially intended, he will remain involved with the program on a day-to-day basis as a student assistant. He sets a remarkable example for all of our players — not only how to represent yourself on and off the field but also how working hard through adversity can lead to tremendous success.”

Robinson earned Academic All-American honors in 2014 after he caught 40 passes for 539 yards and five touchdowns. For his career, Robinson caught 65 balls for 896 yards and seven touchdowns.