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Injury ends Penn State tight end Breneman's career

| Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, 11:21 a.m.
Barry Reeger | Trib Total Media
Penn State tight end Adam Breneman is interviewed by reporters during Media Day on Aug. 4, 2014, at Beaver Stadium in University Park.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review
Penn State tight end Adam Breneman rests between his events during the 13th annual Penn State Football Lift For Life on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Penn State's Lacrosse Field in University Park.

Penn State tight end Adam Breneman, a sought-after recruit in the Class of 2013, announced Thursday he is walking away from football because of a chronic knee injury.

“I want to thank coach (Bill) O'Brien, coach (James) Franklin, my teammates and the Penn State fans for the great memories over the last three years,” said Breneman, who played at Cedar Cliff High School in central Pennsylvania. “I have truly treasured my time as a Nittany Lion, and I am confident that the Penn State experience has prepared me for the next phase of my life.”

Breneman graduated in December with a degree in business management after three years at Penn State.

As a freshman, Breneman played in 11 games during the 2013 season, catching 15 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He missed all of the 2014 season with a knee injury and played in just two games this past season.

“I know that it was a difficult for Adam to step away from the game, but he felt it was the right time,” Franklin said.

“We are so proud of his work in the classroom, having earned his degree in three years. Adam is a special young man that has left his imprint on not only the Penn State football program, but the Penn State community at large. He has been a difference maker at a very young age and has a bright future ahead of him.”

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