WACO, TX – OCTOBER 28: The Texas Longhorns take the field prior to the game with the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)It’s a sad reality that not every player who gets into a major college program will be able to finish their playing career on their feet. For Texas offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, that truth has become all too real.In a media interview on Monday, Texas football head coach Tom Herman revealed that Hudson has decided to retire ahead of his junior year. Herman explained that injuries and surgeries contributed to the decision. He also added that he would remain with the team even though he will no longer play.The 6-foot-5 Hudson was a four-star prospect when he was recruited in 2016. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 50 overall prospect in the country, the No. 2 offensive guard in the country, and the No. 7 prospect from the state of Texas.Tom Herman tells the media after the opening of spring drills that OL Patrick Hudson has decided to retire from football following handful of injuries/surgeries. Hudson will remain in the program despite no longer playing. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/evWPJExw1F— Clif Thornton (@ClifOnFOX7) March 11, 2019Hudson redshirted in 2016 before making his debut for the Longhorns in 2017. He appeared in only two games before suffering a season-ending injury.The 2018 season seemed poised to be a breakout year for Hudson, but an early-season trip to the hospital ultimately ended his season before it began.Back in September 2018, Hudson had to be hospitalized and taken to the intensive care unit after collapsing in practice. He had suffered heat cramps while practicing in 95-degree weather.Hudson did not play a game in 2018, and it was widely believed that 2019 would require a major decision from him.