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College football: Hart grad Larimore retires from UCLA

Linebacker reportedly done because of concussions

Posted: August 13, 2012 5:07 p.m.
Updated: August 13, 2012 5:07 p.m.

UCLA linebacker and Hart High graduate Patrick Larimore retired today.

 

Hart High graduate and top UCLA defender Patrick Larimore has taken a medical retirement.

The senior linebacker was scheduled to talk to The Signal last week for a story, but was unable to do so because of a concussion.

Larimore decided to retire because of multiple concussions, UCLA head coach Jim Mora announced Monday.

“After talking it over with the doctors and talking it over with his family and the way he felt, he felt that for his future heath and long-term health that he should medically retire,” Mora said. “Obviously it was a very tough decision for Patrick and a very tough decision for this team. Patrick was very mature in his decision and gave it a lot of thought.

He didn’t get captured in the moment and only thinking about the here and now.”

Mora added that Larimore hasn’t filed paperwork to make it official yet.

A message left with Larimore on Monday afternoon hasn’t been returned.

Larimore was the Foothill League’s 2007 Defensive Player of the Year.

The 2008 Hart High graduate developed a reputation for being one of the toughest players in the Santa Clarita Valley during his time due to his high pain tolerance and desire to play through injuries.

As a junior at Hart, he established a school record with 138 tackles.

He was a team captain for the Bruins last season and was named the team’s Defensive MVP after leading the school with 81 tackles.

Over the years, he has battled injuries from nerve damage in his leg as a sophomore at Hart to torn thumb ligaments as a senior, to labrum tears in 2010 at UCLA to another thumb injury last season that cost him an appearance in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

UCLA had high expectations for Larimore this season.

“He’s everything you want in a middle linebacker,” Mora told The Signal in July. “He studies the game. The game’s important to him. He gets to the ball and when he gets there he has bad intentions. He loves the game. You see it in the way he prepares, in the way he practices, the way he plays and his attitude, the questions he asks. He’s a leader. He’s a tremendous influence on our young players. I love the guy. I’ve been around a lot of real good defensive players, and he has everything you need in a middle linebacker.”

Larimore retires after playing 44 games for UCLA, with 206 total tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.

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