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Badgers' Voltz hangs up his cleats

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After months of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee, Badgers offensive lineman Dan Voltz announced Tuesday he had made the difficult decision to walk away from football.

"It's been over the past couple days, I would say. It's not something that happens instantly, for obvious reasons. It's a hard decision to make."

The senior tore his ACL in the middle of last season. He spent the spring and summer rehabbing. Voltz did practice in training camp on a limited basis. However, after years of battling back from injuries, Voltz finally decided his body had had enough.

"It's kind of just a culmination of things I've been dealing with for a couple years now."

Voltz started 27 games at center for Wisconsin. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore. He admitted it was tough to tell his teammates he was walking away.

"This program has really been a big part of my life for going on five years now. It's something I deeply care about. You earn the respect of your teammates because of how hard you work and the time you put in here. So, telling them you will no longer be playing anymore was difficult for me."

Voltz plans to stay with the team through the season as a student-coach. 

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