FAYETTEVILLE - The second scare of his football life marked his last one, Rawleigh Williams confirmed Monday.
For the University of Arkansas junior running back from Dallas posted Monday he will play football no more, that it ended April 29, the second time as a Razorback he was carted off the field to an ambulance with a neck injury that temporarily rendered him unable to move.
Williams, who recovered from a broken neck during the 2015 game against Auburn at Reynolds Razorback Stadium to be the SEC’s regular-season leading rusher in 2016, injured his neck again and was hospitalized again during Arkansas’ final April 29 spring practice inside the Walker Pavilion.
He had recovered full movement before being transported from the field but the second experience with brief paralysis was his last football risk, Williams posted on arkansasrazorbacks.com.
"I’m moving onto the next chapter of my life," Williams wrote. "It’s tough to not be able to play football anymore because I’ve been playing since I was four years old. It wasn’t something I wanted to do or planned on having to do so early. I’ve prayed, listened to my doctors, my parents and my gut. It still doesn’t seem real yet, but I really don’t have a choice. I’ve dodged the bullet twice. I realize that at the end of the day I want to live a normal life and be around my family."