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AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 2: The Texas Longhorns logo is shown before play between the Texas Longhorns and the North Texas Eagles on September 2, 2006 at Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Eagles 56-7. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 2: The Texas Longhorns logo is shown before…
AUSTIN – The doctor’s words were worse than any pain Rob Cummins ever experienced on the field. This was a moment he dreaded, but one the Texas redshirt sophomore defensive lineman knew was possible following yet another knee surgery.
Cummins was devastated when both doctor and family agreed he needed to step away from the game that had consumed nearly all of his life. He was able to come to terms with the prognosis only with time, and on Sunday he released a video announcing the end.
“I’ve been rehabbing for basically three years, my entire time at the University of Texas,” Cummins said. “After his past surgery I had in August, after long talks with my doctor and family, it was obvious that the best thing for me was to stop playing football and medically retire from the University of Texas.
“With this being said, it was tough for me, one of the hardest I’ve had to hear, basically the doctor telling me my dreams and aspirations were coming to a halt. But one thing I had to learn from that was that I’m not all football, football is not all me. I’m a lot more than that.
“I had to come to realize that I’m not only a football player but I am a son, a family member, a boyfriend, a snowboarder a videographer. All the things I love to do outside of football now I get to focus on, and especially my academics. I’m going to get my degree from UT and graduate and have that platform to springboard me into my life.”
Cummins did not appear in a game at Texas since he signed in 2017 after helping to lead Fort Worth All-Saints Episcopal to a state title as a senior. He was a three-star recruit and the No. 79 strong-side defensive end as a senior, per 247Sports.