NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Vanderbilt quarterback Patton Robinette has announced he is ending his football career after a string of injuries.
Robinette told head coach Derek Mason his decision Thursday night and shared the news with his teammates Friday morning.
Robinette said his decision to quit playing football stems from a history of injuries.
“This has been a very difficult decision to make,” he said. “This team means the world to me and I love playing football more than anything. It’s been tough coming to a decision that is right for my family and me and protects my health and future.”
Robinette added he plans to begin medical school at Vanderbilt, focusing on orthopedics.
“I’ve been very deliberate in coming to this decision. It’s been difficult, but I’m really excited to move forward to the next chapter of my life and really to see what the field of medicine has in store for me,” he said.
Robinette completed 89 of 155 passes for 1,096 yards and seven touchdowns in a career that included five starts in 16 appearances during the 2013-14 seasons. In six games last year, Robinette was Vanderbilt’s most efficient quarterback, hitting 64.2 percent of his passes.
He is expected to finish an interdisciplinary degree with honors this summer in medicine, health and society.