North Carolina linebacker Joe Jackson is quitting football as a result of a neck injury he suffered during the team's season opener. 

By SI Wire
October 01, 2015

North Carolina linebacker Joe Jackson is quitting football as a result of a neck injury he suffered during the team's season opener, according to the Associated Press. 

The school made the announcement in a statement, and Jackson addressed the tough decision. 

“After talking with my family and the UNC doctors, I have decided it is in my best interest to stop playing football,” says Jackson. “It was a difficult decision and I appreciate the support of my teammates and coaches.”

Jackson was named a starting outside linebacker before the season by head coach Larry Fedora. He played eight games as a backup linebacker last season. 

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