NCAA: ND Fighting Irish OLB Danny Spond Retires Due to Migraines

Notre Dame Fighting Irish senior outside linebacker Danny Spond retired on Tuesday due to hempiplegic migraines he's suffered over the course of the past year.

Aug 20 2013, 10:54pm CDT | by

NCAA: ND Fighting Irish OLB Danny Spond Retires Due to Migraines
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish senior outside linebacker Danny Spond retired on Tuesday. 

CBS Sports' Chip Patterson reveals Spond broke the news to his coaches and teammates last Saturday, August 17. 

According to the South Bend Tribune, Spond has suffered from hemiplegic migraines over the course of the past year, forcing him to end his college football career. In spite of this, he will remain with the Irish to mentor the team's drop linebackers. 

Team physician Dr.Jennifer Malcolm says Spond's condition is no ordinary migraine

"Hemiplegic migraines are a rare form of headache that present with temporary stroke-like symptoms, such as weakness and slurred speech. Danny has suffered from a series of these migraines, but with medication, rehabilitation and a positive attitude he should avoid any long-term consequences. As there are no fully reliable predictors of hemiplegic migraines and ultimate prevention is extremely challenging, we fully support Danny."

Spond said he leaves the game with a heavy heart. 

"My football playing career is over after suffering another paralyzing migraine early in fall camp. I've received the best medical treatment and guidance possible. Unfortunately, an exact cause of these migraines remains undetermined, and in order to assure my overall well-being, I'm forced to walk away from the game with an extremely heavy heart."

He didn't play in the first two games of the Irish in 2012 but came on strong in his next 11 starts at outside linebacker to record 38 tackles, per the Chicago Tribune. With his retirement, Ben Councell and freshman Jaylon Smith will compete for playing time at that position. 

Spond sat out those two games as the left side of his body went numb during preseason practice last summer, as stated in an August 20 ESPN report. 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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