Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Eric Crosby announced on Wednesday that he’s retiring from football due to health reasons.

The Virginia Beach native tweeted that he has been battling a knee injury over the last year that would “not get right”. Crosby says he’s retiring from football, after consulting with doctors and his parents, to protect his longterm health.

Crosby was part of Tennessee’s 2017 recruiting class. He was ranked in high school by 247Sports as the No. 7 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 12 defensive tackle in the nation.

The former All-State standout didn’t play in any games as a freshman in 2017. He redshirted this past season in Jeremy Pruitt’s first year at UT.

Crosby isn’t the only Vols offensive lineman to medically retire this off-season. Injuries also forced Chance Hall and Tanner Antonutti to close the books on their football careers early.

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