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'Very serious neck injury and concussion' ends Gopher football player's career

Alex Reigelsperger announced that he's medically retiring from football.

A Golden Gopher defensive lineman announced that he's done playing football after suffering a "very serious neck injury and concussion" in April. 

"After my injury I spent a lot of time thinking and talking to myself before coming to a decision to step away from the game of football and to medically retire," writes Alex Reigelsperger in a tweet

Reigelsperger, a redshirt freshman defensive end from Dayton, Ohio, noted that continuing to play football would be too "dangerous for what I want in life." 

He told the Star Tribune that he fractured his C4 vertebra during a scrimmage and that he's still going through therapy for memory, speech and mental health. 

Reigelsperger didn't play in his only season with the team, but he was rated as a 3-star recruit by 247 Sports and held offers from Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Arizona and Kentucky, among others. 

The 6-foot-5 will continue his education at the University of Minnesota, where he says he's focusing on youth studies and is in the process of writing a book. 

Here's his full announcement via Twitter. 

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