Hip injury causes UF’s Sherit to give up football

Florida defensive lineman Jordan Sherit left the Texas A&M game with an injury at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]


Former Florida defensive end Jordan Sherit is not going to be able to chase his dream of playing in the NFL. The outgoing senior announced on Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday that he’s giving up football due to a hip injury he sustained midway through the season.

Here’s what Sherit posted on Instagram: “I am reluctantly retiring from the game of football. After receiving final feedback this week from a number of doctors and medical staffs, it has become clear that I will be unable to continue playing the game I love due to my recent hip injury. Playing the game of football for the past 16 years has taught me so much about life and has helped build countless lifelong relationships, and for that, I am forever grateful. My only wish is that I would have accomplished more here at the University of Florida, but sometimes life is out of our control. Although it hurts accepting that I will never suit up again, I am eager to tackle the challenges ahead of me. #ForeverFlorida #10/90 #SYAF.”

Sherit started 15 games in his UF career and recorded 91 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks.

He injured his hip in the Oct. 14 Texas A&M game and missed the remainder of the season.



  1. Jordan thanks for your time with the Gators and for being a loyal Gator. I am sure you will do well in life outside football. Its a long exciting journey that you are just beginning. Godspeed.

  2. One of my favorite players the last 4 years out of Tampa. Relentless motor….hang in there. Saw a feature on Gatorzone about your work in the classroom. Salute!

  3. Your character is strong, Jordan, and it will take you far…..as far as you can dream, because you’re willing to work hard. Godspeed.

  4. Jordan – sorry to hear about you injury and how it has caused you to forego an NFL career. God has a plan for you – just be willing to walk through the doors He opens for you – life is a wonderful journey that can take you where you least expected and never dreamed about!

    • Great advice and so true Glen, even at your darkest hour and most unbearable despair….just keep faith and listen for what’s next and watch for the next door to open. If I’ve learned anything over the years on this plane sucking, often undeserved, air, it’s that we’re not always supposed to be where we think we should be. I can’t imagine how this fine young man feels right now, but it’ll turn out well. That, I’m positive of.

  5. Thank you for being a great Gator. May God be with you every step of your journey through life. I know He will and you will be successful. We miss you already!

  6. Jordan thanks so much for your dedication to Florida Football. But, it is not about football. It is about fulfilling your life. Best wishes.

  7. I really appreciated your endless effort in the Swamp Jordan! Like several commenters said, God has a plan for your life and it is His Perfect Plan. so we will pray that you will seek that Plan! God bless and keep you safe.


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