Often times you will hear about athletes deciding to walk away from the game for good because their passion and drive just isn’t there anymore, but rarely do you see that happen before an athlete’s career really gets started.
DeVondre Seymour, son of former NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour recently signed with Georgia in February, but has suddenly decided that he wants to give up football all together.
DeVondre Seymour finally arrived this month at Georgia from junior college after signing initially with the Bulldogs in 2013.
The offensive lineman reported to campus with other 2015 signees, but two and a half weeks later has decided to give up playing football, according to an announcement from UGA Thursday afternoon.
Seymour, who played and graduated from North Gwinnett High School, is the stepson of former Georgia and NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour.
“I met with DeVondre and he feels strongly that football is not what he wants to do,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said in a statement. “We do wish him well in whatever career he chooses to pursue.”
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Seymour came to Georgia after graduating from Hinds (Miss.) Community College. He was projected to line up at tackle for the Bulldogs.
This is a very weird story. I’m not sure if DeVondre got to Athens and was completely overwhelmed with the kind of work it took to be a part of the program, or if he had things going on prior that led to this decision. Either way, it is very uncommon for a guy to put in a lot of hard work to get to a Power 5 program like Georgia just to suddenly walk away from it.
Whatever is going on, I hope DeVondre is able to pursue something else he is passionate about and is able to get his degree and move on with life.