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January 5, 2015 at 9:31 AM

UW’s Shaq Thompson to enter NFL draft

Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson tries to get the Husky fans into the game in the first quarter Saturday against Washington State. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson tries to get the Husky fans into the game in the first quarter Saturday against Washington State. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Shaq Thompson, the Huskies’ two-way star, has announced he will forgo his senior season and has declared for the NFL draft.

Here’s a letter from the linebacker, released by UW:

Dear Husky Nation,

After careful prayer and consideration and speaking with my family and Coach Petersen at great lengths, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft. This was not an easy decision for me, I love the University of Washington, and everything the U-Dub community has done for me these past three years.

I personally want to thank Coach Petersen and his staff, Coach Steve Sarkisian who recruited me and gave me this tremendous opportunity; all of my teammates who I love like brothers and have forged lifelong friendships with. And last but certainly not least, our fans and Husky Nation. You guys have been there for us each and every game and this was without a doubt the best place on Earth to play college ball.

I also want to thank my family who has been extremely supportive during my college career and especially during this difficult decision. I know that they’ll continue to be an important part of my journey and I’m so thankful for their guidance and love.

I feel that I have accomplished a lot here in these past three years, and I’m so thankful to everyone for helping me achieve my goals. Now I’m looking forward to achieving a new set of goals, facing new challenges that come with being in the NFL. I’m excited to start the draft process, the next chapter in my life, but will forever and always be a Husky!

Go Huskies!
Shaq

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