Second concussion in five months forces Chad Diehl to give up NFL dream
Chad Diehl’s football career is over after the Byrnes and Clemson product suffered a concussion while competing for a roster spot with the Baltimore Ravens. The team released him Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound fullback had signed with the franchise as an undrafted free agent and was trying to unseat veteran blocking fullback Vonta Leach. Diehl had six career carries for 8 yards and seven catches for 39 yards in college where he was known as Clemson’s toughest blocker and a special teams ace.
“At rookie mini-camp this past weekend I suffered another concussion,” Diehl said on his Facebook page. “With this concussion happening so soon after the concussion I had in January at the Senior Bowl it left many people concerned including family, doctors, and myself about my health and future if I were to continue playing.
“With that being said, after having an MRI done, along with multiple tests and a history of quite a few collisions as a fullback, the doctor and I came into agreement that it would be in my best interest for my football career to go ahead and come to an end.
“I know that God has a plan for everything and I love my wife and daughter way too much to risk my future with them. To all of my friends, family, and fans, I love (you) too and want to say thank (you) for all of your support over my years of playing football. God bless.”