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Texas OG Patrick Hudson medically retires from football

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After suffering three significant health setbacks in three years, including a heat-related issue that required hospitalization, the former top-50 player has stepped away from the game.

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In early February, Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman revealed that offensive guard Patrick Hudson was taking some time away from the team to consider his future. On Monday, as the Horns started spring practice, Herman said that Hudson has decided to medically retire from the game.

The 6’5, 325-pounder did not play during the 2018 season after suffering from exertional heat cramps that resulted in a weeklong stay in the hospital and put Hudson’s future in football in question. In previous seasons, he suffered a Lisfranc fracture in his foot and then saw his 2017 season end in the second game when he tore his ACL. Ultimately, the Silsbee only appeared in two games at Texas.

Despite the decision to retire from football, Hudson is staying around the team, as Herman said that he’ll work with Director of Player Development Kevin Washington and help the trainers during practice.

Once ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in the 2016 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Hudson signed with Baylor before landing at Texas following the sexual assault scandal in Waco that cost Art Briles his job.