SOUTH BEND – The end of Notre Dame senior linebacker Danny Spond's career was hard news for the Irish to take.
Spond, who missed the first two games last year because a severe migraine that left the left side of his body numb, announced to the team Saturday that he will no longer play football, according to coach Brian Kelly. The Spond family is expected to release a statement next week to explain the reason for the decision.
Spond will remain with the Irish to help in any way he can, Kelly said.
Here are some reactions from Irish players to the news the Spond will no longer play football:
Backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix: "We know what kind of guy Danny is, unbelievable. He's everything you'd want in a football. We wish him the best. To see that happen to Danny Spond, it puts everything into perspective. We wish him the best."
Cornerback Lo Wood: "Spond is a great guy. He's a great friend and teammate and everything. It sucks to lose him, but at the time, we know he's still going to be around. We are still going to be there for him."
Safety Austin Collinsworth: "It was a really, really sad day for all of us. Danny made the right choice. You've got to put your own health first. He's a smart kid. I really love him, a good friend of mine. Hopefully, we see him around (the football building and practice facilities). It's definitely a sad day for all of us."
Collinsworth on what Spond said when he addressed the team Saturday: "I can't get into specifics, but basically just how much he loved and appreciated us. It definitely was a real emotional moment. To keep it together, I don't know. I think we were all broken up on the inside, watching something like that and hearing it. It's a sad moment. We really love the kid, and I wish the best for him."
Linebacker Prince Shembo: "Danny Spond is like a brother to me. When he told it, me emotionally, I felt it. It's tough. I'm still going to be here for him. He's very intelligent, very smart, and he lives his life in the right way. I know God has a plan for him."