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UH's Hanohano retires from football because of neck injury

By Stephen Tsai

LAST UPDATED: 10:30 a.m. HST, Oct 02, 2012

Hawaii defensive tackle Geordon Hanohano is retiring from college football after being diagnosed with a neck stinger, UH coach Norm Chow confirmed this morning. 

'It's heartbreaking, very heartbreaking," Chow said. "He's a good player and a good, young man."

Hanohano suffered the injury, which is a nerve compression, in the first quarter of the Warriors' 47-0 road loss to Brigham Young Friday. 

The injury does not require surgery. But it was Hanohano's second stinger of his UH career, and he was advised he would risk severe medical problems if he continued to play. 

Hanohano's UH career comes to an end because he redshirted as a freshman in 2008 and has appeared in too many games this season to apply for a medical hardship. 

Hanohano is a 2008 Saint Louis School graduate. 

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allie wrote:
I am so relieved. No need to risk his life for a game. He is from a very good Christian family in Waianae. His dad is really nice. His entire family is. Now, he can get on with his life and he has many wonderful opportunities ahead!
on October 2,2012 | 10:30AM
Mallory wrote:
Take care and best wishes to you. A lot of other opportunities awaits...
on October 2,2012 | 10:40AM
olos73 wrote:
Hope you have a speedy recovery. Your decision to "retire" is correct. You have to take care of your health and your body. It's not worth the risk to play football even if it is your passion and desire. I am 57 years old and have had "stingers" for the past 20 years. Have neck and back nerve issues. Just bending down or recently just getting off the couch I have stingers. You have the rest of your life ahead. Take care your body.
on October 2,2012 | 10:41AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Heartbreaking and smart decision. At this point, risking injury by playing football ain't worth it. I wish Geordon the best for the rest of his life.
on October 2,2012 | 10:41AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Did Hanohano learn this from UH doctors, or doctors in Provo?
on October 2,2012 | 10:47AM
ftaele83 wrote:
what difference does it make as to where he learned of his predicament? Doctors from both locations are highly qualified, esp. those at the world renowned Utah Valley Regional Medical Center (in Provo, Utah) where Hanohano was transported and seen by professionals.
on October 2,2012 | 12:57PM
Anonymous wrote:
What a bummer...but he'll get his degree which is what he went to UH for...GOOD LUCK
on October 2,2012 | 10:58AM
uhsportsfan wrote:
Mahalo, brah. Good luck and God bless you.
on October 2,2012 | 11:21AM
967TREE4 wrote:
There are lots of Hawaii keiki looking for a coach fresh from a collegiate sports program. He has lots to offer Hawaii if he decides to apply himself in other areas.
on October 2,2012 | 11:23AM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Excellent decision, Geordon. You've got a college education that will help you succeed in your future. It must be a very tough decision but it's the right one. You will be a Warrior for life. Good luck to you.
on October 2,2012 | 11:35AM
eastside808 wrote:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery Geordon! An education and a positive attitude will get you far.
on October 2,2012 | 11:52AM
cocobean wrote:
Mahalo to a true Purple Heart Warrior. Puts things into perspective, the game of life is more important than the game of football.
on October 2,2012 | 11:54AM
OldDiver wrote:
Good Luck.
on October 2,2012 | 12:01PM
Anonymous wrote:
Good luck in your next chapter of life football player. May you take your experiences form football and apply them wisely in the game of life. Good Luck in all you do. God Bless.
on October 2,2012 | 12:12PM
csdhawaii wrote:
That's the best decision to make. Kudos to Hanohano for putting his life and health higher than playing football. Best wishes to you, young man.
on October 2,2012 | 12:13PM
McCully wrote:
Take care. It was a tough decision but you got a successful long life road ahead of you.
on October 2,2012 | 12:17PM
PCWarrior wrote:
Thanks for playing for UH brother. Now take care of yourself!
on October 2,2012 | 12:19PM
808comp wrote:
Very good decision. It's not worth the risk for future problems. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
on October 2,2012 | 12:30PM
Niki wrote:
Aloha and best wishes, Bro, from a fellow Crusader.
on October 2,2012 | 12:34PM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
Wow. The defensive tackles were expected to be the strength of the UH defense, but now three of the biggest and most talented are out for the season. It never rains but it pours! Mahalo to Geordon for being a Warrior and good luck to him in his future endeavors.
on October 2,2012 | 12:43PM
Hodad wrote:
Good decision. Get your degree and move ahead. They can keep him on scholarship without affecting scholarship limits.
on October 2,2012 | 12:58PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Mr Hanohano,
Your decision to retire is a heartbreaking one but the mature one and right thing to do. I am glad to see such good judgement on your part, and my entire family is happy and relieved that you are okay after your terrifying injury. Best wishes for a long and happy life.
on October 2,2012 | 01:00PM
konakeoni99 wrote:
Aloha Geordon!! get well soon & finish your degree!!!
on October 2,2012 | 01:07PM
frontman wrote:
Turn out the lights, the party is over. I came, I gave and now I'm done. Thank You
on October 2,2012 | 01:23PM
HOSSANA wrote:
You made a wise decision. Your health, present and future, is more important than your football career although everyone should thank you for the sacrifice you made playing this year. Geezus,take care and good luck. Please finish your college education and move on into a productive future. Cheers!
on October 2,2012 | 01:51PM
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on October 2,2012 | 02:17PM
allie wrote:
well said..great Christian family. The best of Hawaii!
on October 2,2012 | 03:22PM
rmrtko wrote:
I imagine this may have been a tough decision, but it is definitely the right one. You will be missed on the field but never forgotten. God Bless you and your family.
on October 2,2012 | 02:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
Good luck in your future. Good decision given the cards that were dealt.
on October 2,2012 | 02:43PM
OkiDawg wrote:
Mahalo for your work as a Warrior! Good luck to you in your future. On another note, I'm glad for once It seems that the Hawaii "fans" are actually supporting a UH Warrior. Too bad it takes something like this
on October 2,2012 | 03:38PM
Anonymous wrote:
Take care Hanohano. Best of luck to you in your next phase in life.
on October 2,2012 | 07:20PM
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