Northwestern senior defensive back Matthew Harris has retired from football, according to a press release from the school. Harris has missed most of the 2016 season with a concussion suffered Illinois State in early September.
He also suffered a concussion as a sophomore.
“This is an incredibly difficult decision for me, but it is the right one for me and my future,” Harris said in the press release. “…My teammates are like brothers, and while not being on the field with them has been frustrating and challenging, I’m so proud of the group and what we’ve helped build together.
“There are few things I love more than playing the game of football and the game has provided me with so many opportunities, including the chance to attend this University,” Harris continued. “It has been a blessing to be a part of this community and learn so many lessons. Northwestern has given me so much, I look forward to taking full advantage of my chance to give back to the world around me in the future.”
Harris was selected by his teammates as a captain of the team for the 2016 season. As a junior, he was named All-Big Ten. For his collegiate career, he registered 161 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, six interceptions and three forced fumbles.
Outside of football, he has worked to develop a program for underprivileged young men in Evanston, Illinois. He is also co-president of the Northwestern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and is a representative to the Big Ten Student-Athletes Advisory Committee.