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Baldwin's Jordan Hoiem retires from football
July 29, 2013 - Robert Collias
UPDATE (4:19 p.m.): Just got off the phone with Hoiem and he said he just doesn't enjoy the game anymore. He said the loss of his "brother," Noe Ortiz, had nothing to do with his decision and that Oregon coaches have been very supportive.
I have been checking on Jordan Hoiem for a few months now as he has been absent from Baldwin High School football practice since the end of last season.
Friday, a Baldwin assistant coach told me that Hoiem was, again, not at the official opening day of practice (Friday), but that Hoiem was working on personal issues.
Now, several media outlets are reporting that Hoiem has decided to hang up his cleats for good, despite the fact that he verbally committed to accept a scholarship Oregon in March and was a candidate for the U.S. Army All-American game.
There is this take from SB Nation, with a couple of tweets thrown in to back it up. It appears SB Nation was the first to report this.
Then there is this much more in-depth story from the Oregonian newspaper website, with the real reason Hoiem decided to hang it up.
In Andrew Greif's story on the Oregonian site, Hoiem said: “I don't know whether it was the pressure or the attention or spotlight but my whole junior season I was just miserable playing football.”
The death of a close friend who had lived with the Hoiem family since the 5th grade has also wegied heavily on Hoiem, but he said to me that it did not have anything to do with his decision. That loss was of a person Hoiem considered a brother.
Hoiem told Greif this: “I know it's going to attract negative attention but it's something people won't understand. People won't accept it, but I had to do it because it was something I really didn't enjoy.”
Later in Greif's story, Hoiem said he has necessarily stepped away from the game forever: “I'm definitely not shutting the door on football completely but right now it's just not something I'm capable of doing."
Hoiem told me that his decision to step away from the game of football is pretty final and that he may return to his first love, baseball.
Hoiem tweeted this earlier today: "In case anyone has forgot I am a person to"
My best wishes are with Hoiem and I will have a full story in Tuesday's paper.
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