Clint Boling, one of UGA’s rags-to-riches stories in football, announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
The former UGA offensive lineman played his entire eight-year NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 30-year-old’s abrupt retirement was due to “medical reasons.”
“This is not an easy decision, but it is the right one for me, my wife Kelly and our two young girls,” Boling said in a press release. “I want to thank the Brown family for giving me the opportunity to play my entire career with the Bengals. I also want to thank my teammates, coaches, fans and everyone who has supported me throughout my career.”
Said Bengals president Mike Brown: “Clint is a first-rate person, someone we all counted on and looked up to. As a lineman, he never got the credit he deserved. That is often the case with good players who do their jobs well, but around the team, he was highly respected and appreciated beyond his playing abilities.”
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Boling was the No. 1 left guard for the Bengals from 2012-18, appearing in 114 games with 112 starts. He earned an estimated $24 million during his NFL playing career.
Boling is from the Atlanta area, and was a 3-star recruit out of Chattahoochee High School. He got a late offer from UGA, and eventually earned All-SEC honors by his senior year with the Bulldogs.