Cervical Spine Condition Ends Career For Cardinal Fullback Nick Frank

Sept. 15, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Nick Frank, Stanford's starting fullback for the past two seasons, has a cervical spine condition that will force him to retire from football. A 6-2, 250 pound senior from New Orleans, Frank has had repeated episodes of neurological symptoms and on the advice of Stanford medical personnel, has decided he will no longer play football.

Frank experienced symptoms in Stanford's game at San Jose State on September 9. After further evaluation and neurological tests this week, he was advised by several medical personnel that it would be in his best interest to immediately stop playing football.

'I think Nick Frank has been a tremendous football player for Stanford University,' said Cardinal head coach Walt Harris. 'He moved from nose tackle to fullback two years ago and made a remarkable transition. He was embarking on a tremendous senior year and it is extremely unfortunate that this condition has occurred. Health is obviously our top priority. Nick will always be part of the Stanford family and we know he will be successful in his future endeavors.'

Frank played nose tackle in 2003 and 2004 before being moved to fullback in 2005. As a nose tackle, he played in 21 of 22 games in '03 and '04, including 10 as a true freshman in 2003. In 2005, he was moved to fullback and immediately moved into the starting lineup. He had started the past 13 games for the Cardinal at fullback, including all 11 in 2005 and the first two in 2006.

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