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…