Wisconsin OL Dietzen retires from football

Wisconsin offensive lineman Jon Dietzen announced Monday that he is retiring from football, citing numerous injuries throughout his career.

“This was not an easy decision, as I have enjoyed every second of my football career, especially those as a Wisconsin Badger,” Dietzen wrote on Twitter. “It was an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the Wisconsin football team and to be able to call myself a Wisconsin offensive lineman. I will always cherish my time at this university.”

Dietzen is forgoing his fifth-year senior season. He has had surgery on both hips and also suffered from ankle and other injuries.

In three seasons, he played 35 games, starting 32 of them — 20 at left guard, 12 at left tackle. The Wisconsin offensive line was key to a rushing game that led the Big Ten and was No. 6 in the nation in 2018, averaging 273.4 yards per game.

His retirement means the Badgers will need to replace four members of their offensive line in 2019. Center Tyler Biadasz will be their only returning starter. Three All-Americans — guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel, along with right tackle David Edwards — are entering the NFL draft.