Arizona State safety Marcus Ball said Thursday he was retiring from football because of epileptic seizures.
“I want to thank the Sun Devil fans as well as those who have supported every decision I have made up until this point. I am grateful for all the opportunities I have got in my 5 years here at Arizona State University! I want to thank my coaches and more importantly my teammates for having a positive impact in my life. Those who know my story know that I have now been battling with uncontrollable seizures going on 3 years and was diagnosed epileptic my sophomore summer! Those who don’t, I want to make it clear that I am now retiring from football so I can live a better quality of life. My health and family are first in my life, but I make it clear that Arizona State University has put me in a position as well as it can do with others to succeed in life! As I continue to be a positive impact in the program, I want to say thank you to all as my journey ends by OUR journey continues as we embark on winning a National Championship!”
Ball was the team’s second-leading tackler in 2016. He had 64 stops, two tackles for loss and two pass breakups. The senior didn’t play in ASU’s 37-31 win over New Mexico State in Week 1, a game where new Arizona State defensive coordinator Phil Bennett employed some unorthodox personnel patterns. The Sun Devils’ defense didn’t substitute at all in the first half.
Arizona State plays San Diego State in Week 2.
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