Rutgers linebacker Ronnie James has been forced to retire from football due to concussions, as reported by NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy.
James announced on his Instagram account Wednesday that he is hanging up his cleats after suffering “too many concussions”, according to NJ.com. James only played eight games across two seasons at Rutgers.
James came to Rutgers in 2015 as a 3-star recruit, passing up on an offer from Ohio State. He started off at cornerback for the Scarlet Knights before switching to linebacker in 2016.
Concussions were not the only injury that derailed James’ career. He additionally suffered a groin injury that forced him to miss training camp in 2016 before a mid-season concussion kept him out for the second half of the 2016 season.
James is not the first Rutgers football player in his family to be plagued by injury during his college years. His older brother, Paul James, played at halfback for the Scarlet Knights from 2012-2015, but his playing time was marred by both a broken leg and torn ACL.
According to NJ.com, James will be placed on a medical redshirt as he finishes his academics at the university.