Back in August, star UCLA linebacker Patrick Larimore opted for medical retirement after receiving a concussion during fall practice, adding to the long list of concussions he suffered throughout his career as a football player, not just at UCLA, but at all levels.
Of course, this was a courageous decision. Larimore was a surefire NFL draft pick that would’ve went in one of the later rounds at worst and could’ve been drafted as early as round two with an impressive 2012 campaign.
Larimore walked away from that, though. He walked away from the chance to make millions of dollars playing the sport he adored his whole life.
ESPN brilliantly captures such a gut-wrenching, and somehow heart-warming, decision by Larimore in a segment on E:60. Take a look (via our friends at PIW):
This is a fantastic 12-minute segment that really hits home for many UCLA fans. Larimore was adored by Bruins fanatics and knew he had the chance of becoming UCLA’s best player defensively and bolting his way up on NFL mock drafts.
Of course, you’d think putting your health above everything else would seem like a smart decision any day of the week, but when you consider Larimore had the chance to become a professional football player, his decision to walk away seems terrible, courageous, depressing, and smart all at once.
Best of luck to our boy Patrick.