ASU safety Marcus Ball retires due to epileptic seizures
Arizona State redshirt senior defensive back Marcus Ball will retire from football after batting health problems caused by seizures over the past three years, he announced in a Twitter post Wednesday.
Ball said he was diagnosed with epilepsy as a sophomore and made his decision to focus on his family and a better quality of life.
“As I continue to be a positive impact in the program, I want to say thank you to all as my journey ends but OUR journey continues as we embark on winning a National Championship,” he wrote.
Ball was ASU’s second-leading tackler in 2016, registering 64 take-downs, including three for loss. He led the team in tackles for four consecutive games during the year, culminating in a career-high 14-tackle effort against Oregon.
The senior was expected to compete for playing time at safety or SPUR this season.
Here is Ball’s letter announcing his decision to retire.
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