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Miami Hurricanes CB Malek Young’s career is over

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Jasen Vinlove)

Sad news coming from Coral Gables over the weekend and the Miami Hurricanes learned the prognosis of CB Malek Young and it’s not good. Young who sustained a neck injury in the loss to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl will have career ending surgery in the near future.

Here’s statements from Young and head coach Mark Richt via the Miami Herald: 

“After discussions with my family and the UM medical staff we have determined that my football career should come to an end,” Young said in a statement released by UM. “I look forward to getting healthy, working towards my degree and continuing to support my teammates, as I know they will continue to support me.”

“While we’re disappointed that Malek’s football career is over, his health is our top priority,” coach Mark Richt said. “Malek is a terrific young man, one who I’m confident will go on to accomplish great things. He will remain on full scholarship and we will support him every step of the way.”

The news which must be difficult for Young and his family is also tough for Miami. He was a budding talent as a true sophomore and was really stepping into a leadership role. With all that said, he seems to be taking this is stride.

I think the coolest part of this story is the fact that Miami will still keep him on scholarship. So he will be able to obtain his degree and become a professional in another field. In fact this should be standard practice for all schools if a player has a career ending injury, however it isn’t something as prevalent as it ought to be. Young’s injury proves that football is a dangerous game with tremendous risks. That’s why the concept of amateurism is such a scam. These young men are putting their health on the line daily. At least Miami is doing the right thing.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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