On the announcement, which comes as a result of medical advice, Evans said: "When you're told you can't play the sport you love dearly, it comes as quite a shock.
"But taking everything into account, I can still do pretty much anything. I just can't play a physical game such as rugby. I've been fortunate to have played six seasons at the top against some of the best players in the world. I'll have those memories for the rest of my life."
Career ending injury is a rare occurrence at the elite level of the game and although Evans's injury has seen him retire from rugby, he realises that his situation is very uncommon. Evans has now set his sights on achieving success via his many other talents.
He continued: "No matter what the future holds, I know I will remain a big follower of my brother Max, Glasgow Warriors and the Scotland team for the rest of my life."
Glasgow Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen, signed Evans from London Wasps in 2006 having seen the youngster run in a hat-trick of tries against Scotland whilst representing England U21.
He said: "I remember getting Thom up here after he played for England U21 and firstly realising what a great guy he is. I also saw a steely edge and a real competitiveness to his game.
Meanwhile, Scotland head coach Andy Robinson paid tribute the winger.
"On behalf of the Scotland management and players I want to wish Thom all the very best," he said.
"Thom is a talented and resilient lad, and whatever challenges he decides to take on, he does so with our full backing and knowing that the rugby family will always be there to support and encourage him."