After two major knee surgeries and other injuries, Jamie Gordinier said he is done playing football.
On Sunday, the redshirt sophomore linebacker from New Jersey posted a note on social media explaining his decision.
Gordinier, 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, played in one college game. He redshirted in 2015 after signing as a three-star recruit, tore the ACL in his left knee in Miami’s 2016 season opener against Florida A&M and injured his right knee in camp last August.
Last camp, the Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic graduate was competing for time at weak-side linebacker. He also trained at middle linebacker. Coaches described his development and recovery from previous knee injuries as positive; defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz tabbed him as a key reserve.
“This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made in my life,” Gordinier wrote. “I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, trainers, and doctors for always being there these past few years when things weren’t easy. I gave this sport and this program everything I had, and I wouldn’t change a thing.
“Without football, I wouldn’t be where I am today. It’s provided endless opportunities and friendships that will last a lifetime. I look forward to this next chapter in my life, and I’m excited for what’s to come. I am and always will be a Miami Hurricane.”