Northwestern DT Sean McEvilly Retires from Football

Northwestern senior defensive tackle Sean McEvilly is retiring from football due to chronic orthopedic issues.

The defensive lineman had dealt with injuries over the past two years, but was awarded a sixth season of eligibility last October after being ruled out for the entire 2014-15 season.

“This has been an extremely difficult conclusion for Sean to reach, and it is the best one for him right now and for the long-term,” said head coach Pat Fitzgerald in a Northwestern Press Release. “He’s been an outstanding leader and mentor for his teammates whether on or off the field the last several years, and will continue to be a big part of this team. It’s been a privilege watching him develop as a young man, he has a tremendously bright future ahead of him.”

McEvilly appeared in 19 career games from 2011-13, starting 13, and registered 29 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss. He was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a member of the Wildcats Leadership Council during his career.

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