(Nov. 5, 2013) – Boston College junior defensive back Spenser Rositano, a former standout at Stone Bridge High School, announced Monday that he was retiring from college football due to concerns over concussions. Rositano, a 3-year starter, suffered his latest concussion in the Oct. 12 Clemson game.
Rositano’s father Wayne announced to family and friends on Facebook: “Spenser decided to end his playing career today because of multiple concussions. His most recent concussion came on October 12 against Clemson.
Spenser was a 3-year starter for the Boston College Eagles, appearing in 26 games and starting 17 games. Spenser, a junior, ends his career with 127 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumbles recovered, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 1 blocked punt, and 1 blocked field goal.”
Rositano’s first concussion at Boston College came his freshman year on a helmet-to-helmet hit during a scrimmage. Despite the injury he still got on the field as a true freshman after BC had two defensive backs leave the team in training camp. In week 3 of that freshman season he made some big plays against Duke — blocking a punt, forcing a fumble and making five tackles — and the stock of the then 6-foot-1, 200-pound safety was on the rise with the Eagles.
This season, Rositano had to sit out the Army game in early October after suffering a concussion against Florida State.
As a freshman, Rositano appeared in 11 games and as a sophomore he played in 10 games, making eight starts, ranking sixth on the team with 56 tackles. He also had three picks as a sophomore. This year he had in five games with three starts.
Rositano after making his decision to stop playing college football, posted a poignant message on Facebook:
“November 4th, 2013 is the day in which I hang up my jersey and retire from football. God has blessed me with such a great opportunity to play the game I love for over 9 years. The game has allowed me to have an impact on others’ lives, meet many great people, and create a bond with people that will never be broken. Football has taught me many great life lessons as well. To name a few that have had the biggest impact on my life have been setting high goals, overcoming adversity, faith, pride, perseverance, family, etc. These things have allowed me to become a stronger individual and have made me realize just how lucky I was to be able to play the game that I love for so many years.
I always gave as much as I received. There is not one day that I regret. I have grown up with having a chip on my shoulder. Football to me has always been like the David and Goliath story. I have always been the underdog regardless of how many times I have proven people wrong. Without failing, falling, and having a little faith I wouldn’t have been able to get up and become the person I am today. For that I am truly grateful. This is not a setback; this is a new chapter in life. From this day forward I will not change. I will continue to be motivated, trust in God’s plan, and achieve the new goals that lie ahead of me. I just want to personally thank all of you who continue to support, challenge, and have faith in me through my ups and downs. Everything happens for a reason and all will work out. If you’re ever feeling down and life isn’t going as planned, always remember to, “Look up, Get up, and Don’t Ever Give up”.”
While at Stone Bridge, Rositano helped the Bulldogs to the 2009 and 2010 VHSL Division 5 state title game, falling to Phoebus both times.