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OU football: Grant Calcaterra returning to football, entering transfer portal

Almost a year ago, Grant Calcaterra walked away from football after the latest in a series of concussions he suffered at OU.

Now, Calcaterra is coming back.

The tight end announced the decision Saturday night.

“This is something that I have been thinking about since the day I stepped away,” Calcaterra said on Twitter. “I owed myself the time to reflect on the best decision for me. Ultimately, my love and passion for the game, and my desire to accomplish my goals are the reasons for my return.”

That return won’t happen with the Sooners, though.

Calcaterra said in the post that after talking to OU coaches, he had decided to enter the transfer portal.

Calcaterra had 637 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in three seasons as a Sooner. His last game came Oct. 5 last year. Shortly after, he suffered another concussion in practice and in November, announced he was walking away from the sport.

His biggest moment came in the 2018 Big 12 Championship Game, when his one-handed touchdown grab sealed a win over Texas and lifted OU into the College Football Playoff.

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Oklahoma's Grant Calcaterra (80) is introduced during senior night activities before an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma's Grant Calcaterra (80) is introduced during senior night activities before an NCAA football game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and the TCU Horned Frogs at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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