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No joking around, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (and Kouandijo) heading to NFL

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Two Alabama players confirmed their plans to leave a year early for the NFL on Thursday. Star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo will each leave Tuscaloosa with one year of eligibility remaining.

Clinton-Dix and Kouandijo are each expected to go in the early rounds of the draft, potentially in the first round. Head coach Nick Saban was complimentary of the two defensive standouts as they made their decisions official.

”They’ve done a wonderful job representing this institution, their families and this football program,” Saban said in a statements shared by the Associated Press. ”They’ve been a part of at least two national championships. I know it’s difficult for each and every one of these players to make decisions. They all love the University of Alabama and they have to make a difficult business decision about what is best for their future.”

”Everybody has a personal situation with their family,” Kouandjio said. ”We have to put everything – my degree, and all these things like family – it all comes together and you have to make a decision and stick with it.”

On Wednesday Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard announced his decision to turn pro as well. Alabama defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan has also decided to turn pro a year early.

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10 Responses to “No joking around, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (and Kouandijo) heading to NFL”
  1. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 9, 2014 9:09 PM

    GOOD LUCK in The Future Gentlemen! You Have NOThing else to PROVE in College FOOTBALL! Y’all have Had Great Careers. You can Stay and continue to Feed Nick’s Family. Or Bounce and Feed your own! Hats off gentlemen! GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATS!

  2. tigers182 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:12 PM

    I’m sure they really needed your approval eagle ^

  3. dallasstars9 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:25 PM

    Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix… Dumbest name in sports?

  4. halbert53 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:28 PM

    Screw them!! We want Henry to replace Ingram in our backfield this weekend!

    The New Orleans Saints

  5. floridascuba1 says: Jan 9, 2014 9:47 PM

    Tide has the media to thank for the titles. They are far from earned.

  6. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 9, 2014 9:50 PM

    @tigers182

    NAW just NEVER been a HATER HOMMIE!
    WAR EAGLE

  7. normtide says: Jan 10, 2014 1:23 AM

    I never blame a kid for striking while the irons hot. Pagan maybe could increase his stock by coming back, but in all I still don’t disagree with him taking his shot. Good luck gentlemen.

  8. dcroz says: Jan 10, 2014 10:57 AM

    Floridascuba: I’ve got a nice block of Limburger to go with that sour whine.

  9. dcroz says: Jan 10, 2014 11:00 AM

    Congratulations to all our departing Tiders on a great career, and the best of luck in your future endeavors, whether in the NFL or otherwise! Thank you for all the great memories you have given to the Tide Nation. Roll Tide forever!

  10. dhardy8207 says: Jan 13, 2014 9:45 AM

    I will miss these guys on Saturdays but doing whats best for their future is their top priority now. They don’t leave empty handed, 2 National championships and many great memories.

    Adrian Hubbard has already received his degree with a 4.0 GPA and graduated in 3 1/2 years. Ha Ha is on schedule to graduate in the spring and I think Pagan in December. Despite they are leaving early, UA has a great program to help players that only need a semester or two to earn their degree even after moving on to the next level…

    Good luck fellas!!… I truly wish you all the success possible in the NFL and I will look forward to seeing you on Sundays!!

    Roll Tide….

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