Clemson safety Lannden Zanders has decided to step away from football due to injuries.
As Clemson begins fall camp, Zanders took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce his decision.
“While I’ve worked hard with our trainers and doctors to return to the field, I just do not believe I’m physically able to be the kind of player I have always prided myself on being,” Zanders said in his post. “Though I’m disappointed I will not be able to play football again, I leave the game with no regrets.”
Zanders has suffered multiple injuries throughout his career, including a shoulder injury sustained in week one in 2021 that forced him to miss the remainder of the season. He also played through a torn labrum in the Tigers’ 2020 season.
In 19 games over the course of three seasons, Zanders was credited with 41 total tackles (5.5 for loss), one pass defended and one forced fumble.
“I’ve given everything I’ve had to the program, and I’ll give everything I have to support my brothers on the team in a new way while I work on finishing my degree,” Zanders said. “Coach Swinney always says committing to Clemson is a lifetime decision, and even away from the field, I will be a Clemson Tiger for life.”