UPDATE 3:00pm Sunday:
Miami Athletics released the following statement, confirming yesterday’s report about Ahmmon Richards’ injury.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Sunday that junior wide receiver Ahmmon Richards has been diagnosed with a disabling neck injury that will prevent him from ever playing football again.
“I’m extremely appreciative of the University’s athletic training and medical staffs for diagnosing this injury, and to the football coaches and staff for always putting my health first,” Richards said. “I plan to continue working towards my degree at UM and look forward to the next chapter in my life.”
Richards, a native of Wellington, Fla., played in Miami’s season opener against LSU on Sept. 2 before suffering a knee injury. Overall, he played in 22 games for the Hurricanes over three seasons, catching 74 passes for 1,382 yards and six touchdowns. Richards earned Freshman All-America and second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2016, breaking Michael Irvin’s school record for receiving yards by a freshman with 934.
“While we share in Ahmmon’s disappointment that his football career is over, his health must be the top priority,” head coach Mark Richt said. “Ahmmon will remain on full scholarship and we will continue to support him as a member of the Hurricanes family.”
After Miami’s 28-27 victory over Florida State on Saturday evening, Barry Jackson from The Miami Herald broke the news that star Miami Hurricanes WR Ahmmon Richards’ football career is over due to a neck injury.
NEW: Sad news tonight - UM receiver Ahmmon Richards' football career is over. The details: https://t.co/g39QQV15uy— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 7, 2018
Before I could get home to post the report, Richards himself confirmed the news via his twitter account.
From the HEART I appreciate all of my fans— Ahmmon Richards (@AhmmonR2) October 7, 2018
When my buddy texted me the Jackson article on my drive home from Hard Rock Stadium, I got incredibly emotional. I feel so bad for any player, but especially a player of Richards’ rare talent and skill, to have their career cut short by injury.
Jackson, citing sources, reported that Richards’ neck injury will preclude him from ever playing football again. Mark Richt has only said Richards is day-to-day, and Athletic Director Blake James told Jackson “he’s injured”, referring to Richards, but declined to go further. Though not officially announced by Miami Athletics yet, Richards’ above-embedded tweets are statement enough.
Richards broke Michael Irvin’s freshman receiving record in 2016 with 934 yards on 49 catches. That was the high-water mark for his career.
Now disqualified due to his injury, Richards’ Miami career ends with 74 catches for 1382 yards and 6 TDs in 21 games over the course of 3 seasons.
I’m so sad and so sorry, Ahmmon.
Richards is the 3rd player in recent years to have a career-ending neck injury for Miami. CB Malek Young sustained such an injury in the 2018 Orange Bowl against Wisconsin, and LB/S Marques Gayot had a similar injury in 2015.
We wish Ahmmon Richards a safe, happy, and healthy life, and peace with the fact that playing the game of football won’t be part of it.