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Bortner's career comes to an end

Junior played in 24 games for the Blue Raiders

September 26, 2007 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Coach Rick Stockstill announced today that a recent injury has ended offensive lineman Richard Bortner's football playing career. Bortner has been diagnosed with a spinal stenosis of the C-3, C-4 and C-5 vertebrae.

"It's unfortunate that we have lost Richard but it is my opinion that he made the right decision in giving up football," said Stockstill. "When you are dealing with a spine injury that is very serious and Richard has more important things ahead of him than football."

Bortner, a redshirt junior from Crestview, Fla., played in 24 career games and earned seven starts during his Blue Raider career.

Bortner will remain on scholarship and will be involved with the program in a yet to be determined capacity.

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