Former Hawkeye Sean Welsh Announces Retirement from Football

May 11, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

Former Iowa offensive lineman Sean Welsh announced on his Facebook page Friday afternoon that he was retiring. The Ohio native completed his eligibility with the Hawkeyes in 2017 and signed as an undrafted free agent with the NFL’s Washington Redskins last month.

Welsh gained attention last year when he went public with his battle against depression. HN published a long feature on him in August. His mother explained that the game did not consume her son.

“He’s not obsessed with football at all. He knows that there’s more to life. He’s always gravitated towards others things where as some people get overly wrapped up in what they’re good at or what they’re doing in life. Sean has always had an open mind about other things in life and I’ve been really happy about that,” said his mother, Deb Welsh.

Welsh started 46 games during his Iowa career, moving all over the line, helping out wherever he was needed. The media named him to its first-team all-Big Ten team for 2017. He earned third-team honors as a junior.

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