Former Hawk Retires 2 Weeks After Signing First NFL Contract
Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh played nearly every position on the Iowa offensive line his senior year. The 23-year-old was a first-team All-Big Ten selection, was invited to play in this year's Senior Bowl and to the NFL Combine. Welsh didn't end up getting drafted but signed a free agent deal with Washington after the draft. The former Hawkeye was on his way. But that journey has now ended.
Welsh posted on his Facebook page that he is retiring from football. Yes, just two weeks after signing his first professional contract, he is walking away from the sport. Welsh stated that he's had second thoughts about pursuing football as a career for quite some time. He said that the game is one that "should be played with passion and unwavering desire. For me, this is no longer the case."
Welsh made national news last year when he opened up about his experiences with depression while playing football at Iowa. While at the combine he said that he looked forward to being a resource to teams when it comes to handling issues involving mental health. Welsh graduated from Iowa with a degree in business and marketing.
[via IC Press-Citizen]