(WIBW) - Kansas State running back Mike McCoy announced on Monday that he is medically retiring from football.
The Topeka High School product cites a condition known as spinal stenosis as the reason why.
"I want to thank God, my family, my teammates and fans for all the support throughout my sports career," McCoy Said. "I love my teammates and all the people I met throughout this journey. I also want to thank Coach Klieman and his staff for giving me the opportunity for my next journey.
"It hurts not being able to play anymore, but I'm going to trust God's plan that He'll be with me every step of the way in my new path!"
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, spinal stenosis causes the spine to narrow, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves.
"I never thought I would see the day where I would have to hang the cleats up," McCoy said. "I've seen multiple doctors this past year to try and get cleared, but the risk is just too great."
As a redshirt freshman in 2017, McCoy totaled 55 yards and one touchdown. Coming out of Topeka High, he was rated as the top running back recruit in the state of Kansas, rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns as a high school senior.
"I want to thank Hall of Fame Coach Snyder for believing in a wild teenager out of Topeka High and giving me a chance to play for his team," McCoy said.