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QB McKenzie Milton retires from football

Nov 6, 2021; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback McKenzie Milton (10) during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

McKenzie Milton, the former UCF quarterback who fought his way back from a devastating leg injury to play again, said his football career is over.

Milton was injured Nov. 23, 2018, during the regular-season finale at South Florida. The nerves in his right leg were so damaged and the blood flow so restricted that amputation was a possibility. After extensive rehabilitation, he transferred to Florida State and played in a game in relief last September, and almost led the Seminoles to a comeback victory against Notre Dame.

“There is no easy way to put or say this but my playing days of football have come to an end,” Milton, 24, posted on Instagram. “With the culmination of the 2022 NFL draft it has become pretty evident that a path to the NFL is not realistic.”

Milton said he has asked himself where he would be had he never gotten hurt. But he said he realized last Nov. 23, on the three-year anniversary of his injury, that he had another calling. That’s when he saw the first ultrasound of his son.

“As much as I love playing QB and being in the locker room with the guys, I know there’s no greater opportunity/responsibility in this world than being a father,” he said.

Milton played in 33 games at UCF, leading the school to a 13-0 record in 2017 and 12-1 mark in 2018. With the Knights, he threw for 8,683 yards with 72 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. He ranks fourth in both career yardage and touchdowns and also set school single-season records of 4,037 passing yards and 37 passing scores in 2017.

He added 20 rushing touchdowns. Twice, Milton finished in the Top 10 of Heisman Trophy balloting.

Last season with Florida State, Milton appeared in six games and threw for 775 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.

–Field Level Media