Boise State Football: Shane Irwin To Medically Retire
The Broncos defensive lineman is hanging it up after two seasons on the blue.
A big loss.
The Boise State Broncos will head into the 2022 football season without one of its most reliable defenders after Shane Irwin announced a medical retirement on Thursday afternoon.
These past few weeks have been nothing short of stressful. However, with the support of my family, coaches, and teammates, I have come to peace with the decision to medically retire from football. I’m thankful for my time in Boise and I’m excited for what the future holds pic.twitter.com/tOamktmEZX
— Shane Irwin (@irwin_shane55) June 9, 2022
Irwin arrived at Boise State along a circuitous route, committing to San Diego State out of high school before transferring to Long Beach City College and spending 2019 with the Vikings. When he arrived on the blue ahead of the 2020 season, he made an instant impact as part of the defensive line, starting the last five games of the year while collecting six sacks and seven tackles for loss.
He proved similarly difficult to block in 2021, as well, picking up another four sacks and six TFLs while recording a 70.0 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, the best figure among qualifying Boise State defensive linemen.
Broncos head coach Andy Avalos had nothing but praise in a statement released shortly after the announcement, noting that “[Irwin] truly embraces what it means to be a Bronco and embodies the culture and brotherhood within our program.”