Former Ohio State and TCU Quarterback Matthew Baldwin Retiring from Football Due to Knee and Back Injuries

By Dan Hope on June 25, 2020 at 3:46 pm
Matthew Baldwin

Former Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin, who transferred to TCU last May, is retiring from football after battling knee and back injuries for the past year.

Baldwin, who plans to continue attending TCU as a student, decided it was time to move on from the sport after undergoing three knee surgeries while also battling a lingering back injury.

“We thought this break would be the perfect chance to get his back well,” Baldwin's mother, Mindy, told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He did PT, various shots, a nerve ablation, but nothing has worked.

“We are all so heartbroken that Matthew won’t be suiting up this year, but we will be cheering those guys on.”

A four-star recruit out of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, Baldwin redshirted as a freshman at Ohio State in 2018 while recovering from a torn ACL. After competing with Justin Fields during the spring of 2019, Baldwin left Ohio State and returned to his home state with hopes of becoming a future starter for the Horned Frogs, but never played a snap at TCU – despite receiving a waiver for immediate eligibility – due to the injuries that sidelined him all of last year.

Baldwin had three remaining seasons of eligibility at TCU, but his chances of climbing the depth chart were unclear after Max Duggan established himself as the Horned Frogs' starting quarterback as a true freshman.

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