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One-time UK Commit Medically Retires from Football


A talented defensive end once committed to Kentucky is ending his career prematurely.

Alex Reigelsperger announced Tuesday night he is hanging up his football pads for good. The decision comes after Reigelsperger suffered a neck in jury in practice during his only season at Minnesota.

Ranked by ESPN as a four-star recruit out of Dayton Wayne High School, Reigelsperger was one of Kentucky’s first commitments in the class of 2018. The defensive end was a vocal member of the class as UK recruited one of his teammates, wide receiver Blue Smith. Ultimately, neither ended up in Lexington. Reigelsperger committed to Minnesota just a few days after he reopened his recruitment in October of 2017.

Injuries are one of football’s unfortunate side effects. Best of luck to Reigelsperger.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for One-time UK Commit Medically Retires from Football

  1. KyZoneBlitz
    11:48 am July 10, 2019 Permalink

    Never happy to hear someone so young, their career ending tragically like that. Can’t help but think if he came to UK, he might still be playing the game he loves. I wonder, will Minnesota still honor his scholarship so he can atleast finish school and get a degree? Because IMO, Our staff is 1st class and probably would have done so. Don’t know if he would’ve been a starter, or played a ton, who knows, but praying for him and his family, best of luck to the young man and his future, whatever God’s plan holds for him. Go Cats!!

  2. KyZoneBlitz
    11:51 am July 10, 2019 Permalink

    I wonder, if Minnesota decides to not honor his scholarship, if our staff and Barnhardt would allow him to transfer on scholarship to get a degree, IMO, that would shine a bright beacon down on Kentucky, and without a doubt help in recruiting. Telling these players that this really is family, and they are taken care of in the brotherhood that is The Big Blue Nation. Probably won’t, or can’t happen, but idk, sounded pretty good in my head when I thought of it, lol.. Go Cats – STOOPSTROOPS

    • Christians4Trump
      1:22 pm July 10, 2019 Permalink

      sound like AOC and liberal MSM have gotten in to your ear about SOCIALISM
      we dont owe him nothing ,,,, he choose to leave thats on him !!!
      if he want to continue his education he can find a way to pay for it like every one else

    • Bored_Dome
      3:24 pm July 10, 2019 Permalink

      imagine convincing yourself that not allowing kids opportunities for an education is the right thing to do

    • Soylentbeans
      8:25 pm July 10, 2019 Permalink

      4trump why are you so angry? I dont think anybody ever said we(uk) owe him anything. It was just a random thought as blitz stated in their comment.

    • Soylentbeans
      8:30 pm July 10, 2019 Permalink

      Blitz here is some info I pulled from an article about it. Might make you happy to know.

      He wrote that he applied for a medical non-counter with the NCAA and received it, which allows the Gophers to keep his scholarship going without it impacting the the total allotment.