“After a lot of thought and careful consideration, I’ve decided it is in my best interest to step away from football due to numerous injuries,” Dietzen wrote in an image on Twitter. “This was not an easy decision, as I have enjoyed ever second of my football career, especially those as a Wisconsin Badger.”
The redshirt junior from Black Creek, Wisconsin played in 35 games and made 32 starts during his career–20 at left guard and 12 at left tackle.
He earned his first letter in 2016, starting eight games at left guard and missing four due to injury. Prior to his 2018 campaign, Dietzen had surgery on both hips, and went on to play and start in 12 games, missing one.
“First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to my family for all the support,” Dietzen continued in his statement. “I would also like to say thank you to the coaches, especially Coach Chryst and Coach Rudolph, the strength staff, hydration team and trainers, as well as the academic staff.
“It was an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the Wisconsin football team and to be able to call myself and offensive lineman. I will always cherish my time at this university. The bonds and relationships I’ve formed over the last four years are irreplaceable and I am forever grateful for everyone who’s been a part of this experience. On, Wisconsin!”