On Thursday it was unfortunately learned that North Carolina linebacker Joe Jackson’s career is over with a neck injury. He hurt his neck in UNC’s opening game against South Carolina and has not played since.
Jackson apparently agonized with the decision to quit playing football, as North Carolina put out a release Thursday confirming the unfortunate news.
“After talking with my family and the UNC doctors, I have decided it is in my best interest to stop playing football,” says Jackson (per WRALSportsFan.com). “It was a difficult decision, and I appreciate the support of my teammates and coaches.”
Jackson, a 6’2”, 225-pound junior from Jacksonville, Florida, was a starter at weakside linebacker entering the 2015 season. He had four tackles in the South Carolina game and registered seven tackles last season while playing in a reserve role.
North Carolina (3-1) will try to regroup and are set to take on Georgia Tech on the road in its ACC opener this Saturday.