One dark cloud hangs on what was an exciting day for Florida Gator fans – Senior defensive end Jordan Sherit has decided to retire from football after suffering a substantial hip injury on October 14th against Texas A&M, ending his season.
Sherit’s career had always been injury filled – redshirting in 2013 after an ACL injury in high school left him with a slow recovery, 4 games in 2014 with various bang-ups, 2 games in 2016 with a right knee injury and then 5 more this past season after hurting his hip. Injuries would have kept Sherit out of the top few rounds of the draft, but he was certainly not short on talent and finishing out the 2017 season healthy may have put him in the top half for sure – he led the team with 9 quarterback hurries and ended up with 23 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Our heart hurts for him and we are proud he was a Gator, who certainly gave his everything on every snap, often being a bright spot in some bad games. Jordan we wish you luck on your future and we know you will bring the same intensity to life as you did in the Swamp.
Today, I am reluctantly retiring from the game of football. After receiving final feedback this week from a number of doctors and medical staffs, it has become clear that I will be unable to continue playing the game I love due to my recent hip injury. Playing the game of football for the past 16 years has taught me so much about life and has helped build countless lifelong relationships, and for that, I am forever grateful. My only wish is that I would have accomplished more here at the University of Florida, but sometimes life is out of our control. Although it hurts accepting that I will never suit up again, I am eager to tackle the challenges ahead of me. #ForeverFlorida #10/90 #SYAF