Nick Pace Forced To Hang It Up

Nick Pace was a star football player at Cinco Ranch High School in Katy, Texas. He quickly became a crowd favorite with his ability to pave the path for his running backs, and block for his quarterback. Unfortunately, due to a lingering back injury, Nick Pace's collegiate football career is over.

As a true freshman, Nick Pace gave Baylor fans something to cheer about. Although he rarely got the glory, Pace blocked the way for the first 1,000 yard rusher at Baylor University since the mid-90's. The 6-3 300 pound tackle was a star in the making, and had Baylor fans excited.

Shortly before his sophomore season, Pace sustained an injury to his back requiring surgey. He missed all of 2004, but was granted a medical redshirt. Pace was primed for a second-year campaign just like the first.

The injury to Pace was evident his sophomore year, and his starting spot on the offensive line was lost. Battling injury, Pace stuck it out and started all but two games for the Bears. This year, however, Pace has decided to call it a career. The spinal injury is just too serious to continue playing at the level of intensity that Pace plays with.

Although Nick Pace can no longer play the game of football at the collegiate level, the short time he gave to the Baylor Bears on the football field will not go unnoticed. He may not ever suit up for the green and gold again, but he will always be a Baylor Bear.

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