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Wisconsin will be missing an important part of the offensive line when they play LSU on week 1 and for the rest of the season.

Badgers fifth-year senior offensive lineman Dan Voltz, who is trying to come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, announced Tuesday that he will retire from football. Per The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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Voltz, who expects to be on the sideline this season for home and road games, acknowledged the decision was made in part because he wanted to be healthy after he stopped playing football.

“That’s something not many college football players probably think about, which is a good thing," said Voltz, 22. “But when you are at the point where you start thinking about life after football, your long-term health, that is when you have to take a step back and say: ‘Is this the best decision for my body?’

“It’s a selfish decision but rightfully so. You have to make the best decision for yourself in the end, especially when it comes to your physical health.

“Because that is something that sticks with you for the rest of your life.”
LSU plays Wisconsin in the season opener at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Rakim90 months
There has to be more to the story? Who the hell retires as a starter in their 5th season in college?
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UGATiger2690 months
“That’s something not many college football players probably think about, which is a good thing," said Voltz, 22. “But when you are at the point where you start thinking about life after football, your long-term health, that is when you have to take a step back and say: ‘Is this the best decision for my body?’
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Adam4LSU90 months
Voltz heard Valentine was eligible.
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Lsu10120590 months
Hope its nothing too serious... Can't imagine too many non terrible reasons to do this.
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atltiger648790 months
concussions, probably.
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LSUGoose90 months
Fear the Unicorn
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GaTiger2790 months
Linemen got it pretty rough. Collisions every play, over and over in practices/games.
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jembeurt90 months
There really isn't more to the story. He's had multiple injuries throughout his career and I'm guessing his progression on his ACL tear from last season might be worse than expected. It sucks because the dude was very good when healthy.
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BeachDude02290 months
Can you "retire" from something you don't technically get paid to do?
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stniaSxuaeG90 months
Yes, you can.
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Cadello90 months
I think he just can't get fired. But can retire.
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Volvagia90 months
Yeah. Even if you want to define it as getting paid, consider that especially before his injury, he was discussed as a potential early round draft pick.
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Ric Flair90 months
Was he projected as a starter/team leader (with a prior ACL injury/fully recovered) this year, or was he still trying to come back from an ACL injury this year and just couldn't go?
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Gumbo190 months
He skurred?
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biglego90 months
I understand him retiring, but sucks for Wisc if they were counting on him to start in 12 days.
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loopdog90 months
Heard Valentine was eligible and he might have to block him ?
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