The career of Boston College offensive lineman James Hendren has been cut short.
Hendren announced on Instagram that he has been medically disqualified from playing because of concussions. Hendren was a redshirt freshman for the Eagles in 2015 and was expected to compete for a starting job in 2016.
“It saddens me to say that as of today, my football playing days have come to an end,” Hendren wrote Monday. “I've been medically disqualified from playing football as a result of the number of concussions I've had, and the risk associated with continuing playing after those head injuries. I'd like to say how grateful I am to have had the opportunities in this game that I've had. I've been able to learn lessons from this game that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Some of the best lessons in life are made so clear by this sport. I've met people who will be a part of my life forever. The support I've had during my playing career from my family, friends, coaches, teachers, professors, and BC fans has been incredible, and I couldn't begin to show how grateful I am for that.
“I wish my playing career didn't have to end like this, I wish it didn't have to end ever, but sometimes that's the way it goes. It's such an amazing game, and it will forever hold a special, special place in my heart.”
The 6-foot-7, 293-pound Hendren played in 11 games for the Eagles in 2015 and made two starts at right tackle. He was mainly the team’s second string tackle behind Dave Bowen. With Bowen out of the picture due to graduation, Hendren had a chance to move into the starting lineup.
Hendren, a native of Brookline, Mass., was a three-star recruit in the 2014 class. He chose BC over offers from Arkansas, Penn State, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and others.
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