Defensive lineman Kaleb Ramsey, drafted by the 49ers in the seventh round in 2014, announced Thursday that he has decided to retire.
Ramsey, 27, suffered an array of injuries – including ankle, hip and calf issues – at Boston College and was granted a rare sixth-year of college eligibility. He spent his NFL rookie season on the physically-unable-to-perform list and last year was on the 49ers’ practice squad. He was healthy during the 49ers’ recent practices and his decision was not prompted by another injury.
“The 49ers took a chance on drafting me and made my NFL dreams come true,” Ramsey said in a statement. “Unfortunately, my career has been cut short, as I have made the decision to step away from the game to concentrate on other priorities in my life. During my time in the Bay Area, I have seen how special the 49ers organization and its fans truly are, and that is something I will take with me as I move on.”
Ramsey earned a sociology degree at Boston College and a story in the San Francisco Chronicle two years ago reported he was pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice.
The 49ers report for training camp Saturday. Ramsey’s retirement opens a roster spot that could be filled by offensive tackle Anthony Davis, who is waiting to be reinstated by the commissioner’s office.