In March of 2012, Ronnie Daniels, suspended twice during the 2011 season, was dismissed from the Texas Tech football program following yet another violation of unspecified team rules. Nearly 11 months later, Daniels signed with San Diego State with the intention of joining the Aztecs football program this summer.
Instead, the running back is hanging up his cleats, apparently for good.
In a text message, Daniels explained to Rivals.com‘s SDSU that he has decided to give up football and shift his focus elsewhere. No reason for the abrupt change of heart was given by Daniels, who had attended the Aztecs’ spring game and was seemingly looking forward to restarting his collegiate career.
Below is the text of the, uh, text sent to the website:
“All I have to say is sorry to all my fans and family. I know it is hard for you to see me not pursue an athletic career. At the end of the day I have to do what’s best for me. The time I sat out I had adapted and acquired a unique set of skills that I plan to use for everyone’s benefit. Although the game is fun, it is definitely time to set aside childish things and help everyone progress.
“Again, I’m sorry fans but don’t want you to sob over this. Worry about the next step that you take and make sure it’s a step forward and not backwards cause you will see me sprinting ahead.
“Football fell far from the tree. It’s dead to me. Not balanced.”
A three-star member of the Red Raiders’ 2011 recruiting class, Daniels was rated as the No. 51 athlete in the country that year by Rivals. His collegiate career consisted of one game, a 43-yard, one-touchdown performance in a mid-September win his true freshman season.
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