At one point Tuesday morning, Bryant Shirreffs walked into Randy Edsall’s office overlooking the Shenkman Training Center and closed the book on one of the most interesting football careers in UConn history.
Shirreffs, the starting quarterback for 29 of the Huskies’ 35 games the past three seasons, told Edsall he won’t attempt to play again this season even if he is medically cleared, or asked, to do so.
“Everybody’s career is going to end at some point,” Edsall said during his weekly press conference at the Burton Family Football Complex. “When it does, the one thing you want is to walk away healthy. He’s going to be able to do that. I know he’s at peace from the standpoint that he did everything he could to be the best player and the best teammate that he could be. That’s the thing that’s important. Football ends, but now you have to go on with life. He’s going to be well-equipped to do that and be successful.”
Shirreffs sustained multiple concussions over the past three seasons, the last of which knocked him out of UConn’s game Nov. 4 against South Florida. David Pindell started in his place last week at Central Florida and played relatively well, and immediately afterward Pindell was named the starter by Edsall for UConn’s game Saturday against Boston College at Fenway Park.
Shirreffs remains in concussion protocol. Brandon Bisack is Pindell’s backup.
“He came in and told me he thinks it’s in his interest, basically, that he’s going to be done,” Edsall said. “I just told him I really appreciate everything he’s done here this year and appreciate how competitive he is and how much he tried to do everything he could to help the team win. The kid is tough. He did the things he had to do. I told him the way he handled things throughout the year was outstanding.”