Football: Linebacker Jason Gibson retires

Cal reserve linebacker Jason Gibson retires from football for medical reasons – for web and Monday local digest

Cal junior linebacker Jason Gibson, plagued by injuries throughout his college career, retired from football for medical reasons, coach Sonny Dykes announced after Sunday’s practice.

Gibson had not practiced this fall after undergoing surgery on his right foot after last season. He had surgery on the same foot prior to the 2012 season.

“He’s worked incredibly hard to come back and it’s just been really painful,” Dykes said. “He’s a good kid and I hate it for him. I’m proud of him for working hard and trying to rehab it.”

Gibson came to Cal from Gardena as a linebacker, then was moved to safety before last season, when he played in the only six games of his college career. He was returned to outside linebacker in the spring.

Dykes said he expects Gibson to be granted a medical hardship and kept on scholarship. He is on schedule to graduate next spring.

Jeff Faraudo