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Tyler Gaffney to pursue pro baseball over Stanford football

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Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney has made a choice when it comes to his athletic future.

Gaffney, a two-sport athlete for the Cardinal, was drafted in the 24th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2012 MLB draft. Late last week, the would-be senior running back had this to say on his Twitter account:

“Stanford has been amazing. I can’t say enough. Brotherhood on each team. But Im going to pursue a dream. I CANT pass this up. Pirates baby.” 

In a statement released through the school Monday evening, Gaffney confirmed that he would be foregoing his final season of eligibility in order to pursue a career in professional baseball.

“Every athlete dreams of the opportunities that I have been afforded, first at Stanford, and now with Pittsburgh,” Gaffney’s statement read. “Every day of the last three years has prepared me for the chance to compete professionally, and I cannot thank enough the coaches and professors who have worked with me. I am especially indebted to Coach Harbaugh and Coach Marquess for inviting me to join the Stanford family, and to Coach Shaw for continuing to allow me the opportunity to play the two sports I love. I look toward returning to Stanford during my off-season to complete my degree.”

“I thank the Pittsburgh organization for providing me this opportunity and I am excited to begin my professional career.”

Gaffney’s been a career backup, but has complimented Stepfan Taylor nicely over the past couple of years. He has 815 yards and 12 touchdowns over his career, which totaled 35 football games.

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5 Responses to “Tyler Gaffney to pursue pro baseball over Stanford football”
  1. jameswestphal says: Jul 2, 2012 10:06 PM

    24th round to the Pirates is not worth foregoing a free degree at one of the best Universities in the world. Why not wait a year and have a fall back?

  2. fnc111 says: Jul 2, 2012 11:25 PM

    James, I totally agree. I’m baffled by this. He isn’t getting much money at all to leave early. Sounds like he needs someone to give out better advice to him. If he was drafted higher I would say well okay maybe but this is crazy to walk away from a degree that is at your fingertips. Will be a lot tougher taking a break from classes and trying to finish later.

  3. pwt3 says: Jul 3, 2012 7:37 AM

    I hope this kid was a fifth-year player (meaning he graduated). If not, this is one of the dumbest decisions of all time.

  4. intergalacticbronco says: Jul 3, 2012 9:12 AM

    @jameswestphal, @fnc111, @pwt3

    Exactly. If baseball doesn’t work out he’ll have to pay for his final year, $50K at least. It doesn’t look like he has any chance at pro football. Why not just get the degree?

  5. dmvtransplant says: Jul 3, 2012 10:18 PM

    @ intergalacticbronco

    He’s still didn’t make the stupidest decision, in CFB. That prize goes to QB Darron Thomas for leaving Oregon a year early to enter the NFL draft when no one considered him a real draft pick. He could have gone to another National Championship game or won another Rose Bowl, but now he’ll be serving fries at a drive thru in Houston. Totally stupid decision.

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