Retired Texas quarterback David Ash issued a public letter to all Longhorns fans on Wednesday thanking them for their thoughts and well-wishes.
“Being the quarterback at The University of Texas has been a huge blessing and one of the biggest reasons is our fans,” Ash wrote in the letter posted on the school’s athletic web site. “Throughout my career, you have been awesome in the good times and the tough times. I’ve recently fallen on some harder times and am just so grateful that you have continued to support me. I can’t thank you enough.
“The words of encouragement in tweets and messages, and the prayers – just know that they really matter,” Ash continued. “I am really appreciative of how y’all have treated me, as well as the opportunity to be a part of this great football program.
“Growing up, I wasn’t necessarily a Longhorn. My parents didn’t go to school here so we didn’t have any connection to The University of Texas. Now that I have been welcomed into the family, it’s a part of who I am, a part of my identity. I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a huge blessing to be a part of the Longhorn family.”
Ash added, “I’ll always be a supporter of The University of Texas. The alumni and the people that make up the Longhorn family are going to be huge for me in the future. As I get older, I can pass along that special feeling of being a Longhorn.
“So a big ‘Thank You’ to all of Longhorn Nation!”
Ash made his final appearance at a press conference Monday to discuss his health and why he chose to walk away. He suffered headaches and dizziness hours after the season opener against North Texas. Ash said he still had headaches a week later. He knew then it was time to retire.
Ash, a junior from Belton, finished his Texas career with a 15-7 record as a starter.
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