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Richy Klepal Gives Up Football Due To Concussions

FSU offensive line commitment Richy Klepal is giving up football due to concussions.

Sept 15, 2012;  Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles helmet before the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE
Sept 15, 2012; Tallahassee, Florida, USA; Florida State Seminoles helmet before the game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Florida State offensive line commitment Richy Klepal is giving up the game of football due to multiple concussions suffered as a high school player at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida, as was first reported by Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation. Elliott also says FSU still plans to honor Klepal's scholarship.

Tallahassee.com says Klepal, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle, first sustained the injury two weeks ago at practice. Klepal said that his doctor "told me he had a retired NFL player who had 10 concussions and my brain looked worse than his."

Klepal was set to sign with the Seminoles in February after committing to the team earlier in the summer. He will likely matriculate to Florida State, even if he does not play competitive football for the university.

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