Ryan Boatright (MSU Athletics)

Ryan Boatright (MSU Athletics)

Missouri State sophomore tight end Ryan Boatright (Tulsa, Okla.) announced  that he will end his football playing career as the result of a recent football-related concussion.  According to Boatright, his most-recent concussion is the fifth of his football career, dating back to high school, and he says the time is right to walk away.

“Basically, I’ve had five concussions in my football career, and I’m trying to make a smart decision for my future,” he said. “I’ll still be at every practice and stay part of this team in every way I can.”

Boatright noted he will remain enrolled at MSU and continue working toward his degree in logistics and supply chain management.

Bears head coach Terry Allen said he supports Boatright’s decision, and the backup tight end who played in 11 games last season will be missed on the field.

“Losing Ryan is a setback, but obviously his health and his future far outweigh the loss,” said Allen. “But he’s still very much a part of our football team, and he’ll be out here every day.”

According to Allen, fifth-year seniors Josh Mattes and Jordan Rainey will be forced into more reps at tight end with both players recently transitioning to that position for their final season. Meanwhile, fellow returnees Richard Darden and Adam St. Peter will also join the battle for Boatright’s No. 2 spot behind starter Gannon Sinclair.

Story courtesy of Missouri State Athletics