The Northwestern Wildcats have lost one of their most prominent offensive players this week due to retirement from football. Superback Cameron Green announced he is leaving the game of football due to “concussion and head injury” concerns, according to David Rich of SB Nation.
During the 2018 season, Green emerged as the second-leading receiver with 57 catches for 479 yards. He also led the Wildcats with four touchdown receptions. Green’s versatility helped lead the Wildcats to the Big Ten West crown. They lost to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten championship game.
The Wildcats finished with a (9-5) record, including a Holiday Bowl victory over the Utah Utes. Green caught 7 passes for 46 yards in the thrilling 31-20 comeback performance. It certainly appeared to set the stage for Green’s senior season. After all, Green caught 24 passes during his first two years as a contributing member of the Wildcats.
He also would have been an intriguing NFL draft prospect in 2020. In addition to Green’s versatility, he had great size to create mismatches against many defenders. In all, Green caught 81 passes for 684 yards and 6 touchdowns in three seasons.
The Wildcats also lost sophomore running back Jeremy Larkin three games into the 2018 season. A neck injury forced Larkin into retirement. The Wildcats expected Larkin to become a huge part of their success over the next couple of years. Instead, the dynamic ball carrier never had a chance to reach 1,000 rushing yards in his career. Larkin still scored 10 touchdowns in 16 games, primarily as a backup.
Green is in good spirits with his decision to leave football behind. Here is Green’s statement on his decision to retire. The Wildcats should be in good hands going forward at the superback position.