Former Florida State quarterback announces retirement from football

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Former UCF and Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton announced his retirement on his Instagram page Thursday night. Milton joined Florida State ahead of the 2021 season after recovering from a catastrophic leg injury in 2018. The Hawaiian native was considered a walking miracle when some doctors thought he was going to lose his leg. His resilience, tenacity and faith were key factors in his return to the field.

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The former three-star appeared in six games, starting in four, for the Seminoles, throwing for 775 yards and three touchdowns. After the season, Milton said he “remained hopeful of an NFL career”. Milton was not selected in the NFL Draft or picked up by a team as an undrafted free agent and now he has officially announced his resignation.

Here is McKenzie Milton’s statement below:

“There’s no easy way to say or say this, but my football days are over. With the culmination of the 2022 NFL Draft, it became pretty obvious that a path to the NFL would never is not realistic given the external variables.Having said that…

I want to thank you all for the love and support over the years. A skinny 5-foot-11, 160-pound Haole boy from Mililani, Hawaii was able to live his football dream all the way to Florida and I will be forever grateful to him. To all my boys, you already know what it is.

Many people will wonder what if he was never hurt and if this and if that? I also asked myself these same questions for a while. It wasn’t until November 23, 2021 (third anniversary of my injury) that I saw my son for the first time on an ultrasound and understood why I had gone through what I had gone through. It took three years to put everything into perspective. I get goosebumps thinking how divine it is that three years after the day I hurt myself is the same day I see my baby boy for the first time.

As much as I love playing QB and being in the locker room with guys, I know there’s no greater opportunity/responsibility in this world than being a father. And let me call out to all dads out there… step up and lead your families!! God bless you all and lots of love.”

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Many people will wonder what might have been had he been able to stay healthy during his time at UCF. The QB put up astonishing numbers in 2017 and 2018 to the point where he was mentioned for the Heisman Trophy. He started his career with UCF in 2016 and officially left after the 2020 season where he was able to practice but did not see action due to the earlier injury. During his career with the Knights, he totaled 8,686 passing yards in three seasons, throwing for 72 touchdowns and rushing for 20, ranking him 4th all-time in UCF total touchdowns.

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Milton was a dynamic football player and will always be a great inspiration to all of us. The 24-year-old former quarterback may not have played on the field to live up to his expectations at FSU, but he was instrumental in changing the culture and embracing what the coach Mike Norvell is trying to build here in Tallahassee. Even though he won’t be playing football anymore, there’s a good chance we’ll see him coaching or around the game to some extent.

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