2020 Michigan football quarterback commit, JD Johnson, announced on Wednesday he has a condition that is so severe he will have to retire from the game due to being medically ineligible. He was born with a coarctation of the aorta and was diagnosed at the age of 12.
You can read the full details of his medical condition in his tweet announcement:
Next Chapter#GoBlue pic.twitter.com/vNqVO9agib— JD Johnson (@jd10johnson) October 30, 2019
The good news for Johnson is head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to honor his scholarship to Michigan. He also shared his gratitude for this opportunity.
“I am witness to coach Harbaugh’s character and integrity in a situation where he has every reason to tell me, ‘Good luck with your future.’ He means what he says, and stands behind his commitments, when he could have taken the easy way out. He demonstrated a high level of loyalty to a player that will never throw a touchdown pass for him.”
For now, he plans on attending school at Michigan.