Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson is giving up football due to the concussions he has suffered, he announced via a school release on Wednesday.
The decision has been months in the making for Robinson, who has been contemplating his future in the sport since suffering his most recent concussion during spring practice. ESPN reported in April that Robinson had suffered three concussions in the past year.
Robinson, the son of former NBA star David Robinson, will stay involved with Notre Dame football as a student assistant.
Along with contributions to the football team, Robinson has been a campus leader at Notre Dame. He was elected Notre Dame's student-body president in April, and College Football 24/7 named him earlier this month among college players who could run for president one day. He's also launched a non-profit organization, One Shirt One Body, which he wrote extensively about in January.
"This was an extremely tough decision for Corey," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly stated in a release. "He's such a committed kid to everything he does -- whether it be academics, football, community service or campus leadership initiatives -- that he wanted to finish his four-year career on the field."
As a player, Robinson caught 65 passes for the Fighting Irish, most of them (40) as a sophomore in 2014. Last year, his production slipped to 16 catches for 200 yards amid further injury problems that included a knee sprain, and a reported head injury in the Fiesta Bowl. Robinson still appeared in 12 games, missing only a Week 4 win over UMass. With Will Fuller lost to the NFL draft, a healthy Robinson could have figured more prominently into the Fighting Irish receiving corps this fall.
Instead, he'll find a new arena for his impressive set of leadership skills.