Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Notre Dame fans won’t be seeing Danny Spond (#13) in an Irish uniform anymore. Oh, Danny boy. The pipes, the pipes are calling on your playing days. A rough day just got a bit rougher for Notre Dame. Hours after learning that they had lost out on former RB recruit Elijah Hood, the news broke that senior linebacker Danny Spond had to retire from football due to migraines. More specifically, hemiplegic migraines. This type of migraine can be associated with weakness on one side of the body, siezures, and ataxia (lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements). It should be obvious how this type of migraine could seriously impede one’s abilities to play football (or any sport), and could in fact be extremely dangerous should an episode occur on the field. It’s sad for Spond, who last year with the Irish helped the defense to a #7 overall ranking and a berth in the BCS National Championship against eventual victor Alabama. Spond was a key contributor to that defense, but fortunately not an elite or irreplaceable presence. His spot on the Irish depth chart has already been filled by freshman linebacker Jaylon Smith, the #1 overall LB prospect from the 2013 recruiting class. Last year’s top recruit, LB Jaylon Smith, will be taking Danny Spond’s spot on the Irish depth chart. It’s going to accelerate the adjustment period for Smith, who likely would’ve come off the bench or even redshirted this first year. But circumstances dictate necessities, and it is not unlike the challenges Jr. cornerback KeiVarae Russell faced after the injuries to Lo Wood forced him into the lineup. Smith will have advantages to his favor, though. He’ll playing in quite possibly the most formidable defensive front in all of college football (top-three, at least), with Louis Nix, Sheldon Day, Stephon Tuitt, and Prince Shembo. As long as Smith doesn’t make too many mistakes, he should be just fine as a freshman starter – assuming he’s still listed there on the depth chart when the first game of the season rolls around. All that aside though, its refreshing in its own way to see a young man like Spond realize his health is paramount and not worth the risks continuing to play football would entail. But I’m also sure that it took a fair amount of prodding and a mountain of medical evidence from his doctors before making that decision. Here’s to your health, Danny boy, and success in whatever endeavors your life takes you to. Follow me on Twitter @IrishColt1
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Don Orsillo reportedly asked to lie about being fired by NESN

Matt Cassel believes Bills will keep three quarterbacks

St. Louis police seize scalpers' World Series tickets to give to friends

Eli Manning happy Tom Brady will play NFL season opener

Phil Kessel has shed 13 pounds this summer

Cam Newton addresses ‘gang’ photo on Instagram

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Steelers defense is younger and faster but not better

Duke basketball to visit White House next Tuesday

Report: Cowboys have interest in Broncos RB Montee Ball

NFL owners to discuss changing Goodell's disciplinary role

Report: Eagles trade Matt Barkley to Arizona Cardinals

Bill Belichick on having Tom Brady back: ‘He never left’

WATCH: Ben Revere gifted Matt Wieters a home run

Judge Sarah Thomas as an NFL official, not a female NFL official

Simona Halep popular with fans who want to kiss her

Patriots planned on raising a "Brady banner on opening night

Braves and Phillies sucking at the same time is rare

Montana St. linebacker delivers bone crushing hit in opener

Despite loss, all eyes still on Jim Harbaugh, Wolverines

Kirk Cousins discusses what it’s like to be called ‘Kurt’

Playoffs or not, Bryce Harper is the NL MVP

Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly seeking alimony

Chicago Bears and Jay Cutler: A love/hate relationship

Likely scenarios for current MLB front-office vacancies

Seven takeaways from Eagles final preseason game

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Robert Griffin III and a dream deferred

Best, worst surprises of NFL preseason

The Gospel Of Harbaugh prepares for its ultimate test of faith

Meet the Utah Utes, the pluckiest program in college football

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker