Once again, injuries have brought a premature end to a once-promising collegiate career.
The latest to be prematurely sidelined is Steven Manfro, the UCLA running back who confirmed to scvnews.com in a text message that he has decided to retire from football because of ongoing shoulder injuries. While the Bruins have not addressed the development, Manfro’s high school football coach also confirmed to the Los Angeles Daily News that his former player will be forced to walk away from the sport.
“I made the decision last night after consulting with my doctor about my current shoulder situation,” Manfro said in the text to the television station. “But, it is alright, I’ll be fine!”
Thank you for all your support, it means a lot. https://t.co/zSio4VAvqN
— Steven Manfro (@StevenManfro33) April 6, 2016
Manfro missed all but one game of the 2014 season after tearing an ACL during practice. The shoulder issues surfaced the following year and forced him to miss the entire 2015 season. Manfro was granted a sixth season of eligibility by the NCAA that he would’ve used for the 2016 season.
Manfro was a two-star member of the Bruins’ 2011 recruiting class who took a redshirt as a true freshman.
His most extensive action came in 2012 as he started three of the 13 games in which he played. The following season, Manfro played in nine games.
In 2013, Manfro ran for a career-high 107 yards on 24 carries. The year before, Manfro scored a pair of rushing touchdowns on just eight carries. That season, he was more of a threat as a receiver as he caught 28 passes for 287 yards and another touchdown.