Stanford lineman Branson Bragg to retire from football, citing concussion and mental health issues

Stanford lineman Branson Bragg to retire from football, citing concussion and mental health issues

Stanford offensive lineman Branson Bragg, a multi-year starter, will retire from football due to persistent symptoms of a concussion and other mental health factors.

Bragg, a senior from Texas, posted on Twitter that he had “long-term” and “intense” symptoms stemming from a concussion he suffered during Stanford training camp. He also cited mental health factors as contributing to the decision. Bragg did not play in Stanford’s first two games.

The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Bragg started nine games at right guard and right tackle last season, and started all six games in 2020 at right guard. He earned an All-Pac-12 honorable mention from the league coaches last year.

“I am confident that walking away is the best decision for me,” Bragg wrote. “The past four years at Stanford have been everything I could have hoped for, and I’ve created countless lifelong connections while living my dream with the best teammates and support staff in the world.”

ESPN ranked Bragg as the No. 152 overall recruit in the Class of 2019. Bragg wrote that he is on track to earn his math and computer science degree.

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