Some dream of playing football in front of thousands of screaming fans. Some even get a chance to achieve those dreams. But the game that so many of us love so much is just not for everyone. Seems that is the case for Northwestern defensive back Matthew Harris, who has chosen to stop playing Northwestern football, the team announced on Monday.
Throughout his career Harris has suffered from many injuries, the latest one, a concussion the Senior player obtained in the second game this season.
In a statement released to the public Harris went on to say:
“This is an incredibly difficult decision to reach, but it is the right one for me and for my future,” Harris said in the announcement. “I’m so thankful for (head coach Pat) Fitzgerald, (defensive backs coach Jerry) Brown and the rest of the staff that brought me to Northwestern and have mentored me over the last several years.
“My teammates are like brothers, and while not being on the field with them has been frustrating and challenging, I’m so proud of the group and what we’ve helped build together. I owe thanks to our athletic training and sports medicine staffs, whose care throughout my Wildcats career has been outstanding.
“Finally and most importantly, I can never appropriately express the love and gratitude I have for my family, which has supported me on every step of this journey and will continue to for years to come.
“There are few things I love more than playing the game of football, and the game has provided me with so many opportunities, including the chance to attend this university. It has been a blessing to be a part of this community and learn so many lessons. Northwestern has given me so much, I look forward to taking full advantage of my chance to give back to the world around me in the future.”
Harris was a team captain and a player that was very well respected by his teammates and earned All-Big Ten honors in 2015. Harris was one of the reasons fans loved buying Northwestern football tickets to watch their beloved Wildcats.
His careers statistics are listed below.