Posted by Adam Jacobi
Boston College may have ended a losing streak yesterday with a 16-10 win over Clemson, but if the Golden Eagles want to make a bowl game push, they'll have to continue doing so without one of their leading defenders.
As the Boston Herald reported today, the neck injury that hospitalized Wes Davis last week in a loss to Maryland has ended his football career ... by choice. Here's how:
BC coach Frank Spaziani said this afternoon that Wes Davis [...] who suffered a neck trauma in BC's 24-21 loss to Maryland last week, was calling an end to his football career.
Davis was taken off the field in a stretcher and spent the night at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. He was released the next day.
Davis who suffered a major neck injury which required surgery three years ago, talked to his doctors and his family and decided that it was time to move on with his life without football.
It's surprising that this doesn't happen more often, honestly; it certainly does at lower levels of college ball, where a torn ACL is often enough to convince a player to give the sport up. But at D-I, it's certainly unusual to see a voluntary decision like this. Perhaps it's the seductive nature of NFL fame and money or a sense of obligation to teammates that players don't leave the game early more often. Or perhaps it's the advances made in orthopedic medicine that make most serious injuries more impermanent than they'd have been even 10-20 years ago.
But neck issues are a whole separate matter from "regular" injuries, of course, and most of the metrics that go into these types of decisions are completely different considering the ramifications of spinal injury. Hence what we have here. Fare thee well, Mr. Davis.