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RB Tyler Gaffney returning to Stanford following short MLB stint

Tyler Gaffney, Drew McAllister, siah Wiley AP

In July of last year, Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney announced that he would be leaving the Cardinal football team early to pursue a chance at playing professional baseball. Gaffney, a two-sport athlete at Stanford, was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 24th round.

Seven months later, however, Gaffney is back on The Farm. Per a release from the university, Gaffney will rejoin the program on April 1.

“This is the ideal time for me to return to the Farm and complete the work toward my degree from Stanford University,” said Gaffney in a statement. “As a freshman at Stanford in 2009, I had three goals: play Football and Baseball at Stanford and receive my degree. Two of the three have been accomplished; I eagerly look forward to completing the third.

“Additionally, I intend to rejoin my Cardinal football family and play my senior year of college eligibility. As I have grown and matured over the past year, I have come to realize how much I missed my football family at Stanford and how much I missed the game of football.”

Gaffney will have one year of eligibility remaining, but could compete for a starting job with the departure of Stepfan Taylor. Gaffney was a solid No. 2 back behind Taylor, so his addition is a huge plus for the Cardinal’s running game.

“I’m very proud of Tyler Gaffney making the decision to come back and finish his degree, while also rejoining the football team,” said coach David Shaw. “Tyler’s first three years at Stanford, he contributed to a lot of big games and a lot of big wins. He will join a talented and diverse group of running backs, which as a unit we believe is as good as any in the nation.”

In 35 career games, Gaffney has totaled 815 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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5 Responses to “RB Tyler Gaffney returning to Stanford following short MLB stint”
  1. pdcooper08 says: Feb 11, 2013 6:33 PM

    Good choice, I’m sure he’ll do fine in football, but he is using his head when he talks about getting his degree. I look forward to seeing him play this next season, good luck.

  2. thegamecocker says: Feb 11, 2013 7:22 PM

    Great move! Getting your degree from any college or university is ALWAYS the right choice. Nicely done.

  3. seanb20124 says: Feb 11, 2013 7:28 PM

    what were his baseball stats?

  4. billslane93 says: Feb 11, 2013 9:57 PM

    watched Tyler since HS…looking forward to maybe seeing him get more of an opportunity at Stanford. In HS he scored nearly every time he touched the ball. There is something special about him that he hasn’t been able to showcase just yet.

    also just a smart move going back to get a degree from a school like Stanford, the kid ain’t stupid

  5. 6stn says: Feb 12, 2013 9:26 AM

    A genuine student-athlete working toward his degree while playing a revenue-generating sport. I haven’t read many articles like this in a while.

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