Top 2018 Gophers football recruit retires due to injury

Alex Reigelsperger announced his retirement after he sustained “a very serious neck injury and concussion” in April.

John Miller

The Gophers lost a top recruit from their 2018 recruiting class Tuesday night. 

Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Alex Reigelsperger announced on Twitter that he was retiring due to medical reasons. Sometime during spring practices, Reigelsperger suffered a career-ending injury. 

“In April I received a very serious neck injury and concussion,” Reigelsperger said in his tweet. “I was in the hospital for around four days, in which I had multiple tests, scans and physical therapy sessions.”

After reflecting on the injury for the last few months Reigelsperger decided that stepping away from the game would be what’s best for him and his health.