Adam Breneman, a one-time Penn State tight end, is retiring from football. Breneman, 22, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, citing knee injuries as the reason he was forced to walk away from the game.
Adam Breneman announces retirement from football
The game of football has meant so much to me and has given me many amazing memories. It hurts me to share that due to an injury I am forced to officially retire from football. Read my story here: https://t.co/vMhyqElQFn
— Adam Breneman (@AdamBreneman81) March 13, 2018
Breneman came to Penn State in 2013 as a promising recruit, and he put up solid numbers as a freshman (15 catches, 186 yards, 3 touchdowns). Injuries kept him sidelined in 2014 and 2015, however, and it was announced he was ending his Penn State football career in January 2016.
Breneman’s knee got better and he decided to return to the gridiron after transferring to Massachusetts for the 2016 season. Breneman was one of the nation’s best tight ends in his two seasons with the Minutemen and earned plenty of All-America accolades. He was hoping to hear his name called at the 2018 NFL Draft, but said in his retirement note that “there is no solution that will allow me to continue to play football.”
Here’s a section of Breneman’s letter:
This past season things began to deteriorate quickly. Even though I enjoyed on-field success, I knew my knee was getting rapidly worse with every game I played. The consistent dream of playing in the NFL was my motivation to push through the pain. I knew what was happening, but I was afraid to accept it and be disappointed yet again.
When the season ended, I hoped with some time off and without the physical rigors of the season, my knee would begin to feel better. However, once I started training daily for the NFL draft in January 2018, I realized my situation had not improved. After additional medical evaluations and creative treatments, my doctors and I have come to the realization that there is no solution that will allow me to continue to play football.
It hurts me to share that at just 22 years old, I am officially retiring from the game of football. Football has given me so much in my life and I am very proud of all my accomplishments both on and off the field. From what we were able to accomplish at Penn State during one of the most trying times in college football history, to becoming a 2-time All-American at UMass, I will always look back and have amazing memories of my career. This game has allowed me to receive a highly regarded undergraduate degree from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business and my M.B.A. from UMass’ Isenberg School of Management. Beyond my education and unforgettable memories with my teammates and coaches, football has given me so many amazing opportunities and ever-lasting relationships for which I will forever be thankful.
Breneman discussed his decision to remain in Penn State’s 2013 recruiting class after the program received NCAA sanctions with Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn earlier this year.