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It’s official: Brock Osweiler declares for the NFL

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Following up on the rumors and speculation that had been building over the last several days, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler will indeed depart from Tempe a year early and head to the NFL Draft.

The announcement was made in a school release sent out Friday afternoon, which of course  mentions that he’s the tallest quarterback in the country (he’s 6’8″!).

Reports last night indicated Osweiler might hold a press conference for the announcement.

Osweiler finished a disappointing 6-7 season with 4,036 passing yards. He also set new school records for completions (326), attempts (516) and completion percentage (63.2), and threw for 26 touchdowns. He’s thrown for 5,082 yards and 33 touchdowns in his three-year career at ASU.

Below is a statement from the junior:

Winter Break was an important time for me and after much deliberation, I came to an important decision. In a lot of ways it was similar to my last year in high school. In high school, I was heavily recruited and visited a few of the top programs in the country. Of all of the recruitment trips, it was ASU that struck a lasting cord. Every person I encountered was so kind and it made my decision at the time more difficult to make. As a young man, I had some serious decisions to make, not even 18 years old and I had to make a choice that would ultimately impact my life forever.

As many of you know, before I chose to live in Arizona, I had a commitment to Gonzaga University to play basketball. For a over a year I was certain that this was my path, it wasn’t until May 16th of 2008 that I was certain I had to be ASU’s quarterback. My coach at the time, McCarvel stood by my decision and I graduated a semester early from my class. By January 2009 I was officially a Sun Devil.

ASU has taken excellent care of me and the city of Tempe has changed my life for the better. Not a single day has gone by where I have had to second guess or question my decision to enroll at ASU. I knew that in my heart this was part of my destiny. While I bleed and sweat Maroon and Gold I have now made the second-most difficult decision in my life. I have decided to declare myself eligible for the NFL draft. It was an exceptionally difficult decision to make, but having spoken to my family and close friends it became clear to me that this is the next path I must take to advance my personal and professional career.

I wish I could truly thank everyone that has helped me through my years at ASU, but there isn’t a proper way to match what everyone has done for me. I have been touched by the most amazing people and have made relationships I know will last my entire life. When I arrived in Arizona I was spellbound and culture shocked by Kush stadium. Seventy-two-thousand people could fit in the stadium which is 40,000 more people then the entirety of my hometown of Kalispell, Montana.

ASU has been my home for the last three years. I will never forget how many people have gone out of their way to make ASU home for me. I would like to thank the fans that have supported me through out all of the trials and tribulations. Sincerely, there is nothing like walking onto Kush Field before kick off and having the crowd erupt. There are so many things that I will miss about ASU, but I know that I will be a Sun Devil until I die. I have a pitchfork tattoo on my ribs to symbolize the BEST three years of my life. Thank you again for all of the support and positive wishes throughout this process.

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5 Responses to “It’s official: Brock Osweiler declares for the NFL”
  1. mydixienormus says: Jan 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    Bye Bye Biiiiiiiaaaaach.

    Go Huskies!!!!!! Huskies get Keith Price for 2 more years. Now if he could only stay healthy…

  2. todzillasg says: Jan 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    Good for Brock, the offense was going to change to the much talked about “High Octane” offense that Fraud er i mean Todd Graham was going to run. It would not benefit Brock to stay and play for a coach that would constintently throw him “under the bus” even when he would play very well.

  3. footballfan15 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:13 PM

    Yep….Good move here. Thise is better than getting slammed by Graham for playing and not being “his kind of quarterback”…

    Todd Graham = Tool, Scum, Sleazy

  4. briang123 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:11 PM

    As an ASU alum and fan that never misses a game, I was stunned to see Brock Osweiler make this decision. I was looking forward to him having a great senior year and perhaps playing himself into the first round. I always knew he’d get a long look by NFL scouts, due to his size of course (how tall is he again? The announcers never tell us) and arm strength. Like many others, I HATED the Todd Graham hire. If Osweiler left because of Graham, and I suspect he did, ASU’s mistake was even bigger than I thought. I will be rooting for my fellow Sun Devil in the NFL.

  5. cowhawkfan says: Jan 7, 2012 1:06 AM

    Excellent statement. I’m sure he had help, but very nice. Hope he makes it. Not alot of tall QBs seem to do well.

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