Current Western Michigan and former Syracuse defensive tackle Steven Clark announced Friday he would retire from football after a second bout with clotting issues was discovered late in the 2017 season, according to a report from Stephen Bailey of Syracuse.com.
Clark was originally medically disqualified by the Orange after a knee injury led to the discovery he had Factor V Leiden, a rare genetic disorder. However, Clark at least partially blames the Syracuse medical staff for his continued issues after he was cleared by Western Michigan to play in 2017.
“Because of how everything was handled back at Syracuse, there was still residual scarring that I had,” Clark said.
Clark contends that the genetic disorder plus the residual scarring puts him at risk for clotting. So when he damaged tendons in his knee in the penultimate game of 2017 at Western Michigan, their staff also had no choice but to medically disqualify him prior to the spring because two of the veins in his leg are completely blocked.
When he enrolled at Western Michigan, he knew another clotting issue would mean the end of his playing days. He finishes his career having played 26 games between Syracuse and Western Michigan, recording 63 total tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.