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Knee Pain Forces Delvon Roe to Retire

Delvon Roe

Sept. 29, 2011

Delvon Roe/Tom Izzo Press Conference Audio
Roe/Izzo Press Conference Video Highlights

EAST LANSING, Mich. - MSU senior forward Delvon Roe has decided to end his career as an active member of the Spartan basketball team due to degenerative knee pain. Roe will remain on scholarship and is on track to graduate in May 2012.

Quote from Delvon Roe:

"This is the hardest decision I've ever had to make. It feels that I've been playing through pain throughout my career at MSU, but the daily grind of basketball - the running, cutting, jumping - has finally taken its toll given the intensity required to play at our level. I started playing basketball because I loved the game, but the pain has taken that away and forced me to always think about just getting through the next few minutes or the next game. I don't want to just `get through' anymore. I've played on a leg and a half for most of my career, and that's not fair to my teammates as they go through the daily grind.

"I have no regrets about my time at Michigan State. I've been blessed to be a three-year starter and be a part of back-to-back Big Ten Championships and Final Fours. I'm lucky to have been surrounded by great teammates that have become my brothers, and coaches that have provided great guidance. The medical and training staff have been phenomenal just to give me the opportunities that I've had. But as one of our doctors told me, the wear on my knee is like tread on a tire, and that once it's gone, it doesn't come back. It became time to consider my health moving forward.

"I will always be a Spartan. The support of everyone in the University and the fan base has left an impression that will last a lifetime. It remains my goal to walk across the court on senior night."

Quote from Tom Izzo:

"We've built our program at Michigan State on toughness, and I've never had a player who played through more pain than Delvon. I feel bad for Delvon, because I know how much basketball means to him. It's a shame that most Spartans never got to see the player I recruited. And yet he found a way to contribute and be a valuable part of two Final Fours and Big Ten Championships just by his will and desire. Last year, he unselfishly reinvented himself into a defensive stopper that the team needed. For him to call it a career at this time shows the severity of his pain. I look forward to having him remain around the program this year as he finishes his degree."



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