The player, Corey Robinson, is not just any player. He is the son of NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson and young man who was just elected the Notre Dame student body president in February. Robinson suffered his third concussion in 12 month during spring practice. After consulting with a neurologist, he made his decision.
“After much contemplation and prayer, I have decided not to continue football due to multiple concussions,” Robinson said in a statement. “I couldn’t have come to this difficult personal decision without the incredible support from so many within the Notre Dame football program. I am extremely thankful to Coach Kelly and his staff for the life-changing opportunity to play football at the greatest University in the world. I will continue to help our team as a student assistant and look forward to a great senior season.”
Head Football Coach Brian Kelly added: “This was an extremely tough decision for Corey. He’s such a committed kid to everything he does–whether its academics, football, community service or campus leadership initiatives–that he wanted to finish four-year career on the field. He was so excited to lead a group of young receiver this fall. While that won’t happen in the manner Corey initially intended, he will remain involved with the program on a day-to-day basis as a student assistant. He sets a remarkable example for all our players–not only how to represent yourself on and off the field, but also how working hard through adversity can lead to tremendous success.”