Cal football outside linebacker reveals medical retirement

Cal football is losing another skilled member of the team as junior Cameron Saffle announced his medical retirement. Saffle will continue to study at UC Berkeley and stay with the program.Saffle was among

the very first Bears to succumb to the injury bug in 2017, as he suffered a season-ending injury in Cal's season opener against North Carolina.

"It is with unhappiness yet enormous appreciation to all those that have supported me over my profession that it is time to step off the field to secure myself from any potential further devastating injuries," Saffle writes in an essay posted on CalBears.Saffle didn't have the

opportunity to play his full senior year of high school because of both a meniscus tear and a 2nd ACL tear.After recovering from those injuries, Saffle became one of only three true freshmen to take the field on defense for the Bears in 2015, playing in 8 video games off the bench and taping 10 tackles. As a sophomore, Saffle started all 12 video games for the Bears, taping 4.0 sacks and 57 takes on.

"Cameron Saffle is one of the finest individuals I have had the enjoyment of training," stated Cal head coach Justin Wilcox in a news release. "It is regrettable that he will not have the ability to continue playing football, however he has an extremely intense future and will continue to be a fundamental part of our program as he works towards his Cal degree. We will support him in accomplishing that objective and are looking forward to his continuous contributions in a new role."

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