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Michael Cole to retire from football
Roanoke native will remain active part of the team on the sidelines
BLACKSBURG (hokiesports.com) - The Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Thursday that, due to his injury and subsequent surgery, Virginia Tech rover Michael Cole will retire from football, but will remain an active part of the team on the sidelines in the future.
After consulting with doctors and the training staff at Virginia Tech, it was determined that Cole should not continue to play football due to a higher risk of further injury to his neck and spine. Per NCAA rules, Cole qualifies for a medical disqualification and will remain on scholarship, although the scholarship does not count toward Tech’s limit of 85.
“I would just like to thank Coach Beamer, Coach Stinespring - who recruited me - and all of the coaches in making my dreams come true,” Cole said. “It truly has been an honor and a blessing to be led by such a highly respected group of people. I would also like to thank my friends and family back home and the entire Hokie Nation, which has supported me throughout my career. It pains me that I will never be able to put the pads on again for this prestigious program and university, but in spite of all this, I will forever be a Hokie.”
“I am disappointed that Michael Cole will no longer be playing football at Virginia Tech,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “Good players with great character are hard to replace. I believe Michael has a great future no matter what road he decides to take.”
Cole, from Roanoke, Va., played in 10 games this past season as a redshirt freshman, making four starts as the nickel back. He earned Academic All-District honors and was an honorable mention Freshman All-American by CFN.com after making 43 tackles and recording two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He led the team with 11 tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss, at North Carolina and recovered a fumble and returned an interception 12 yards against Duke. He also had five tackles and an interception at Clemson.
Cole started against Florida State and made two tackles before leaving the game early with a neck sprain. He did not play the rest of the year.
“Michael has done well after the injury he sustained in the Florida State game,” said Dr. Mark Rogers, head team physician. “Unfortunately, he was still having some persistent symptoms, so he underwent surgery on his neck. He has recovered well and he will continue rehabilitation. We expect him to make a full recovery.”
I feel for the guy. I know his family and some of his friends and know he is a first class kid. Football is not bigger than life. He has a bright future off the field and will be fine.
Hate to hear it but im glad he will be able to live a full productive life he will be doing big things.
Tough break for Michael, but I am glad he is making the smart decision. I am also thrilled he will still be on the sidelines! Best of luck to Michael in whatever he does!
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Watching him lie motionless on the field for that amount of time was one of the more sobering moments I've had as a fan. There is no sense in risking further debilitating injuries. Wish nothing but the best for the young man!
Michael is the kind of person that makes you proud to be a Hokie.
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Hopefully he will fulfill his dream of becoming an MD. Good luck Mike. You will be missed. Go Knights!
Kid looked like he could of been a good one but the most important thing is that hell be able to continue on get his degree and lead a high quality of life. As a disabled veteran who spends most of his time at the VA Hospital I can honestly say that while you can spend your time angry and wondering why me it's easier to be thankful for what we do have and try to live the best we can each day for those who can't. I know I'll be pulling for him and expect big things off the field from this determined young man.
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Pulling for you Michael!
Tough break and I wish him well. I have a feeling this kid is going to be very successful in life.
Best of luck in the future!
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