Former AZ quarterback Dawkins to 'take a break' from football

Former AZ quarterback Dawkins to 'take a break' from football
Brandon Dawkins throws against Hawaii (Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics/Chris Hook)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Shortly after transferring to the University of Indiana, former Arizona Wildcat Brandon Dawkins says he's taking a break from the game.

The quarterback announced his decision to leave the game in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

In the post, Dawkins reminisced on his football career and the joyful opportunities the sport provided him throughout his life. Admittedly, he said football no longer brings him the joy that it once did and that he has suffered from depression in recent years.

"Over the last couple years I lost touch with that joy. I respect and love the game, but I have lost touch with it. I am not too proud to admit that I needed help. he game has [been] getting me depressed and hurting my well-being," wrote Dawkins.

Dawkins was the starter at Arizona in 2016 until he was injured, allowing the breakout star Khalil Tate to permanently fill the roll.

In 22 games for the Wildcats, Dawkins threw for 2,418 yards and rushed for 1,582 yards.

To answer the question many fans are thinking, Dawkins says he has no idea what he's going to do next.

"Do I know what's next? Of course not, but I do know God has a plan that is way bigger than any plans I could ever imagine for myself."

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