The college football career of Texas Longhorns freshman linebacker De’Gabriel Floyd is now over, as the California product announced on Monday via Twitter that he was forced to medically retire from football.
That’s all for the savage...on to new life endeavors. pic.twitter.com/PyLwwc28l4— DeGabriel Floyd (@DSAVAGE_1) December 2, 2019
A consensus four-star prospect out of Westlake Village in California, Floyd was ranked as the No. 67 player nationally and the No. 3 inside linebacker, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, after a productive career that ended with Floyd playing in the 2019 Under Armour All-American game.
After enrolling early at Texas, Floyd continued to suffer from stingers that plagued him in high school, resulting in Floyd being held out from contact in practice. Eventually, he was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a congenital narrowing of the spinal canal that often produces transient spinal cord injuries like stingers, and held out from practice for the remainder of spring practice and the 2019 football season.
“We’re going to continue to evaluate him,” head coach Tom Herman said in April. “Probably not going to be cleared for this season, but we’re going to re-evaluate him in January and hope nine months of rehab, exercise, no hitting — I mean, the kid has been hitting that same [way] since he was eight years old playing football.”
It appears that the evaluation happened earlier than January and the result is that Floyd’s football career is over.