Briston Guidry walking away from football

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Arkansas defender Briston Guidry (7) celebrates with teammates McTelvin Agim (2) and Kevin Richardson (30) after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Mississippi State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas defender Briston Guidry (7) celebrates with teammates McTelvin Agim (2) and Kevin Richardson (30) after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown against Mississippi State during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Arkansas defensive lineman Briston Guidry is walking away from football citing injury reasons, according to a post on his Twitter account on Tuesday.

“I always knew that football doesn’t last forever, but I never knew that I would be walking away so soon,” Guidry wrote. “In my last couple of years, I’ve been battling through 7 knee surgeries. After being told by the doctors that it would not be in my best interest to try to play on my knee again I had to make a decision that would impact my life and my son’s life.

“The game of football has blessed me in so many ways. … I will forever be a Razorback.”

A native of Kenner, La., Guidry recorded 36 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 19 career games with the Razorbacks. He most notably broke up two passes and recovered a fumble in the end zone in Arkansas' season-opening win against Eastern Illinois in 2018.

He also finished with a season-high five tackles and recovered a fumble forced by McTelvin Agim for a touchdown against Mississippi State as a redshirt freshman in 2017.

Guidry was a four-star recruit according to ESPN, 247 Sports and Rivals, and listed as the No. 9 player in the state of Louisiana by ESPN and Rivals out of Archbishop Rummel.

He chose Arkansas over scholarship offers from Alabama, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and others.

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