Gandy Decides to Give Up Football

Steve Gandy, known amongst his peers for being one of the nicest and most outgoing players on the team, has decided to give up football for medical reasons.

Auburn, Ala.--Steve Gandy, a junior linebacker from Waynesboro, Miss., has decided to give up football after suffering his fourth concussion overall and third in the last year. He will remain on the team as a student assistant during the 2007 season.

"Steve Gandy has decided to give it up after four concussions, bad knees and a bad thigh," said head coach Tommy Tuberville. "It was too much for him to handle. It was time. He did everything we asked of him the last six months. He gave it his best shot, but sometimes your body gives out. We wanted him to have a good, long life. This is secondary--the football part--when it comes to your health. He did a good job for us. Hopefully we've helped him as much as he's helped us."

Coming out of Wayne County High School, Gandy redshirted in 2004 and started five games at safety in 2005. In preseason practice last season after moving to linebacker, he suffered a rare injury--Compartment Syndrome--which caused him to be hospitalized and left a 22-inch scar on his right thigh. After returning from that injury, Gandy had a series of concussions that ultimately led to the decision.

Gandy shown running back an interception in 2005.

Gandy, head coach Tommy Tuberville and team doctors discussed the medical issues and Gandy decided it would be best for his future to stop playing. He will remain on scholarship and is scheduled to graduate in December or May.

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