McKenzie Milton, the former UCF and Florida State quarterback, has announced that his football career as a player is over.

Milton, an inspirational story because of his recovery and comeback from a serious leg injury, announced the news on Instagram.

There is no easy way to put or say this but my playing days of football have come to an end. With the culmination of the 2022 NFL draft it has become pretty evident that a path to the NFL is not realistic given the external variables. Having said that…

I want to thank all of you for the love and support over the years. A 5’11 160lbs skinny Haole boy from Mililani, Hawaii was able to live out his football dream all the way in Florida and I’ll be forever grateful for that. To all my boys you already know what it is 💯

A lot of people will wonder what if he never got hurt what if this what if that? I asked myself those same questions for awhile too. It wasn’t until November 23 2021 (three year anniversary of my injury) where I saw my son for the first time on ultrasound and then understood why I went through what I went through. It took three years to put it all in perspective. I get goosebumps thinking about how divine it is that three years to the day I get hurt, is the same day I see my baby boy for the first time.

As much as I love playing QB and being in the locker room with the guys, I know there’s no greater opportunity/responsibility in this world than being a father. And let me make a call out to all the dads out there..step up and lead your families!! God bless you all and much love.

Milton’s college career was largely remembered for leading the Knights to a 27-6 record as a starter, including an undefeated 2017 season, and two American Athletic Conference championships. But he suffered a catastrophic knee injury during the regular-season finale in 2018 which forced him to miss the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Still, he made a remarkable comeback to the field, and after he transferred from UCF to Florida State, he appeared in 6 games for the Seminoles, and threw for 775 yards and 3 touchdowns with 6 interceptions, and also made 4 starts.


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