2020 Michigan QB commit medically retires from football, Jim Harbaugh to honor scholarship
Jim Harbaugh is showing an incredible amount of loyalty to a player who will not set foot on a field in Ann Arbor.
On Wednesday, Michigan quarterback commit JD Johnson announced via Twitter that he has been forced to medically retire from football due to a heart condition. The three-star pro-style quarterback out of Phoenix, Arizona won’t be able to throw a pass in a Michigan uniform.
But Johnson will be able to attend the University of Michigan on scholarship. In his Twitter post, Johnson revealed that Harbaugh plans to honor his scholarship and will allow Johnson to join the team in a staff member capacity.
Here is the tweet that Johnson fired off on Wednesday.
— JD Johnson (@jd10johnson) October 30, 2019
Jim Harbaugh shows loyalty to a Michigan commit who is ending his football career because of an issue with his heart. pic.twitter.com/ipkM8Bq4bP
— ESPN (@espn) October 30, 2019
That’s an incredible gesture from the Michigan head coach, especially at a blueblood program. Harbaugh could’ve easily offered the scholarship to another recruit in an effort to win more games, but he proved that there’s more to life than football.
As much criticism as Harbaugh receives, he should be applauded for this awesome gesture.