Former Penn State and current Nevada RB Akeel Lynch announced Monday morning that he will no longer play football because of two “significant” concussions.
— Akeel J. Lynch (@ALynch_22) October 17, 2016
The Canadian-born Lynch played three seasons at Penn State — 2013-15 — before transferring for his senior season in 2016.
With the Nittany Lions, Lynch, a fan favorite, ran for 1,318 yards and scored seven touchdowns, serving as the starting running back at times and in a platoon at other times.
With a crowded backfield in Happy Valley for the 2016 season, Lynch decided to transfer to the Wolfpack, where he ran eight times for 29 yards before deciding to hang it up.
In his Twitter post, Lynch said he battled the choice between his childhood dream and another concussion. He also said the game of football allowed him to chase the “American Dream” and become a college graduate.
Lynch even gave a shoutout to Penn State after that part, with a “(We Are).” He will be the last Nittany Lions player to wear No. 22, as the team retired the jersey to honor star John Cappelletti after Lynch’s career with the Lions ended.
As he said in the post, he will pursue his masters in educational leadership at Nevada.