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Connor Halliday steps away from football, per report

The former Washington State Cougar has apparently decided to hang up the cleats just weeks into his NFL career.

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Just a few weeks into his NFL career, Washington quarterback Connor Halliday has already moved onto the next stage of his life. According to ESPN's John Keim, the undrafted quarterback has stepped away from his new team and is done with football.

NFL careers don't tend to last long, especially for players not selected in the draft. Halliday passed through all 256 picks without getting a team to pull the trigger on him, in part due to an injury that prematurely ended his final college season. There was still reason to believe he might enjoy a successful career in the pros regardless. Halliday threw for record-setting numbers during his time with Washington State, and his new head coach Jay Gruden has previously developed Andy Dalton, a similar quarterback, into a capable starter.

With Halliday out of the picture, Washington is left with Robert Griffin III, Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins at quarterback. Both McCoy and Cousins are set to become free agents after the 2015 season. Given the depth, Halliday may have had to latch onto the practice squad or with another team.

During his Washington State career, Halliday completed 1,014 of his 1,634 attempts for 11,308 yards, 90 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. He led all of college football in attempts in 2013 with 714 and threw for a single-game record 734 yards during a 60-59 loss to California.

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