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Terry Grooger, a wide receiver for the South Carolina Gamecocks, is retiring prematurely due to concussions. He made the announcement on Twitter.

“It has been a pleasure playing for you all!” he said in a tweet. “I want to thank all of the specialist that I have worked with and most importantly I want to thank all of the brothers that made these past four years! These have been the best years of my life!”

“Although it’s hard to think about right now I just want to thank everyone,” the tweet continued. “I also want to thank gamecocknation for accepting me as a part of their family! This is truly the best fan base in the nation!”

Grooger had to be carted off the field on September 30 against the Texas A&M Aggies after taking a hit on a punt return. He would never return to the field for the remainder of the season.

In three seasons with the program, he had 12 catches for 140 yards. It is worth noting that Grooger was predominantly used on special teams in his time with South Carolina.

The 6-foot-4, 217-pound native of Atlanta had a career-high 7 catches for 66 yards during the 2016 season.

We wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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