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Greensburg Central Catholic grad, Akron safety Zach Guiser ends career after concussion

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, 9:06 p.m.
Akron's Zach Guiser, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, celebrates a interception in the end zone during the first quarter against Penn State on Sept. 2, 2017, at Beaver Stadium.
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Akron's Zach Guiser, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, celebrates a interception in the end zone during the first quarter against Penn State on Sept. 2, 2017, at Beaver Stadium.

Another area college football player is ending his playing career because of concussions.

Akron fifth-year senior Zach Guiser, a Greensburg Central Catholic graduate, announced Tuesday night on Twitter that he is finished playing following an early-season hit that left the starting free safety unconscious.

Guiser's head slammed into a teammate's leg during a game against Iowa State. It was believed to be his third diagnosed concussion.

“I don't remember anything about the drive or anything about the play,” Guiser said 10 days later.

Guiser, who has 16 tackles and an interception this season, wrote:

“After praying and deliberating with my fiancée, family, coaches and teammates, I have decided it is in my best interest to end my football career. … Giving up on my childhood dream is one of the hardest decisions I have ever made, but I find peace knowing that God has a bigger plan. I still love football and will do everything I can to help my teammates for the rest of the season. I'm looking forward to attacking the next chapter of my life with the same amount of passion and energy that I put into the last 16 years of football, but for now my team still has big goals to accomplish, and I can't wait to be a part of it.”

Last month, Grove City sophomore quarterback Brett Laffoon, a Penn-Trafford graduate, called it quits after a devastating hit left his mind foggy, affected his vision and gave him headaches.

Laffoon has stayed on as a “student assistant” with the team.

“I love football, but there are more important things,” Laffoon said. “You never know when that next hit could (lead to) another (concussion). You need your head later in life.”

Guiser ended his message with “#GoZips” and “#32SigningOff.”

Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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