Just two weeks after the start of the season, Georgia offensive lineman Sage Hardin has announced that he will be retiring from football.
Hardin wrote this heartfelt message on Twitter about his decision.
It comes with a heavy heart, but a clear mind that I have officially decided to medically retire form playing football. After multiple surgeries, many months of rehab, and non-stop prayer, it is in my best interest to discontinue playing the game that I have know and loved since I was a young boy. The decision to medically retire revolves around me coming to terms with what my body can and can’t do physically. My body no longer enables me to do activities like football that God once blessed me with, for I cannot in in a chair without pain, nor can I hardly run.
A wise man recently told me that you have to “walk” away from the game, not “limp” away from the game. My hope with this decision is that one day I will be able to experience simple everyday activities once more, limit the long-term ramifications that have already occurred, and successfully “walk” away from football. This decision is by far the hardest one I’ve ever had to make, but part of being an adult is facing these decision head-on. I would like to thank the coaching staff, my teammates and trainers for the unparalleled support and love over these past few months. Mostly, thank you dawg nation for allowing me to wear the red and black with pride, and it was truly an honor to fulfill a life-long dream of mine. I look forward to my new coaching role as an offensive student assistant, as well as continuing to help this team win games.
Hardin had only played in one game for Georgia after redshirting the 2015 season and dealing with injuries for the rest of his career with the Bulldogs. Hardin announced that he will stay with the football team as a student assistant with the Georgia offense.
Hardin was originally a three-star recruit in the class of 2015. We wish him the best in his future.