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Jeremy Jarmon retires from football


Jeremy Jarmon came on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning to discuss Kentucky football and the state of the program, but before he and Matt talked UK, Jeremy made a surprising announcement to start the show.

The former Kentucky defensive end is retiring from football.

“I sent Mitch Barnhart and Coach Phillips a text message not too long ago and I’ve had the chance to sit down and talk with them and I’ve made the decision in my life that I’m going to move on and pursue other things outside of playing football,” Jarmon said this morning on Kentucky Sports Radio.

“I got injured my rookie year and every year after that was a struggle. It was a grind to get myself prepared to recover on a day-in, day-out basis. Mentally it was tough, physically it was tougher, and at the end of the day, I had to pick up the phone and I called Dr. Andrews… And he basically just tells me the injury I had during my rookie year was a tough injury to bounce back from and I did it. And from here on out, it’s a situation where it’s going to get worse… and you have to ask yourself if the risk is worth the reward.”

That injury was a torn ACL in week 12 of the 2009 season that left him sidelined for the rest of the year. At the time of the injury, Jarmon was seeing more and more action on the field and making a significant impact for the Redskins as a rookie. Since then, it has been an uphill battle to stay healthy and he doesn’t want that to affect his life after football.

“Seeing people around me, watching the news and seeing other situations come about, and possibly what can happen with depression and things like that — I don’t want to go down that road.”

Have a listen…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 responses to “Jeremy Jarmon retires from football”

  1. CPACAT

    Along with Randall Cobb, Jeremy Jarmon is one of my favorite UK players in a very long time. His varied interests outside of football have always been fascinating to me. While it is disappointing not to be able to follow his pro career any longer, I know this was a difficult decision and wish him the very best in all his future endeavors. He would be a great add to the UK staff as a grad assistant!

  2. slappy

    Yup #1- bring him in as an assistant. Great character guy, helluva player… would be a solid addition to the program.

  3. KatzenjammerClod

    Hate to hear that about Jarmon, I think he got the shaft from the NCAA, but that’s another story. One writing suggestion, learn to differentiate between “to” & “too”….that’s all for now.

  4. Louisville Kentucky Mortgage

    wish the big guy luck

  5. kybluegirly

    Today’s show was awesome with JJ! Cannot wait until he is a guest again. He’s a class act and a great ambassador for UK.

  6. mores

    I’m not sure I would have the maturity and fortitude to make that same decision. What a great man.

  7. UK4Life

    Jeremy lived across the hall from me freshman year @ Smith Hall. Awesome guy wish him the best of luck in whatever he does. It is ashame his career ended this soon.

  8. Jarmon's IQ

    This guy has shown the greatest amount of class and intellect that I can remember from any UK athlete in my lifetime. I have no doubt that he made the right choice and will be a success in what-ever it is he chooses to do next. He was great on the field, and an even better guy off of it. Kudos Mr. Jarmon.

  9. theWilkman

    He is always a class-act, and I’m proud to call him a Wildcat. He’ll be nothing but successful in whatever he chooses.

  10. hey

    best of luck JJ!!!! UR THE MAN!!!

  11. jaaaaayyyyyy

    Wow, that was a badass show today .Jeremy did great. I didn’t think my interest could be held for 2 hours discussing football, but Jeremy (and Matt) did a great job today. I hope JJ will come on more.