ATHENS — Sage Hardin, an offensive lineman who joined the Georgia football team in 2015, has retired from football because of medical problems.
Hardin posted the news on his Twitter account, and said he would be moving into a role as an offensive student assistant coach. While not explicitly saying what his injuries are, Hardin said he “cannot sit in a chair without pain, nor can I hardly run.”
“A wise man recently told me that you have to ‘walk’ away from the game, not ‘limp’ away from the game,” Hardin wrote. “My hope with this decision is that one day I will be able to experience simple everyday activities once more.”
Hardin has not been seen recently at Georgia practices. If he receives a medical disqualification, Hardin can remain on scholarship at UGA, but his scholarship will not count against Georgia’s NCAA limit of 85.
A product of Atlanta and the Marist School, Hardin was rated as a three-star prospect in the 2015 class by Dawgs247.com. He redshirted in 2015, and played in one game last year.
“It is in my best interest to discontinue playing the game that I have (known) and loved since I was a young boy,” Hardin wrote. “The decision to medically retire revolves around me coming to terms with what my body can and can’t do physically. My body no longer enables me to do activities like football that God once blessed me with, for I cannot sit in a chair without pain, nor can I hardly run.”
Here is Hardin’s entire post:
Thank you Dawg Nation pic.twitter.com/HSgOu2QAVe
— Sage Hardin (@SageHardin75) September 12, 2017