HOUSTON (AP) — Former Rice senior offensive lineman Drew Carroll thought he had just broken his tailbone.
That was November 2012, and what Carroll believed to be a straightforward football injury turned out to be a kidney disease that's cut short his playing career.
Carroll has immunoglobulin A nephropathy, a condition that occurs when abnormal IgA proteins build up in the kidneys, causing scarring and deterioration. Instead of looking forward to one more season on the field, Carroll faces the prospect of dialysis treatments and an inevitable kidney transplant.
He told his teammates on Sunday that he's been forced to quit his playing career.