The football career of Clemson redshirt freshman offensive lineman Patrick DeStefano has come to an abrupt end. The university released a statement Wednesday confirming DeStefano stepping away from football as a result of a shoulder problem.
“I am very disappointed to announce that Patrick DeStefano will no longer play football here,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a release. “Over the last couple of weeks he has had a problem with ‘stingers’ and they just weren’t going away. He had a lot of tests on his neck and shoulders, had discussions with doctors and decided it was best for his future that he give up football.
While his football days are over, there is a bit of good news to surface from this unfortunate news. Clemson has confirmed the university will continue to honor DeStefano’s scholarship. Swinney also said they will welcome DeStefano to continue being a part of the team, although what his role will be has not been confirmed. Whatever the case, it is always nice to see a program continue to honor their commitment to a player through good times and bad. After all, a scholarship is about more than football.
DeStefano sat out the 2012 season with a redshirt and played in two games this season for the Tigers.
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