In putting on a record-breaking show in the Rose Bowl, Penn State star WR Chris Godwin may have never had his NFL stock higher. Now, he’s going to cash that stock in.
The Nittany Lions’ junior receiver announced on Twitter on Thursday night that he has declared for the 2017 NFL Draft.
“It’s been a pleasure,” Godwin wrote on Twitter, while attaching a screen grab of a note addressed to “Nittany Nation.”
It's been a pleasure. pic.twitter.com/PnH168XdZE
— Chris Godwin (@CGtwelve_) January 6, 2017
Here is the full text of the message:
“It’s been an honor and a blessing to have the opportunity to be a part of the Penn State Football family. I give all the glory to God. I don’t know if words can fully express my gratitude to everyone that played a role in me getting to this point. The success I’ve had is a direct result of my association with the teams and supporting staff that I’ve had. From Middletown High School to Penn State, I have made relationships that will last a lifetime. Those closest to me know the impact this has had on my growth. The special bond with this team is something I’ll hold forever.
“I came to Penn State not only to pursue a degree from the greatest university in the nation, but also to play in the best atmosphere in college football and bring Penn State back to prominence. Through a lot of hard work over the last three years, I’d like to believe that myself and my brothers have successfully accomplished that.
“As a kid from Delaware I could only dream about being in this position. This has been one of the hardest decision in my life, but after praying on it and having many conversations with those I trust the most, I’ve decided to forego my senior year and declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. I believe this is the best decision for myself and my family. I can’t thank my brothers, coaches/support staff and Nittany Nation enough for their constant support throughout my three years here. This year was something special and I’ll be forever grateful to have been a part of it.”
“Chris has been a leader in our wide receivers’ room and on this team throughout his Penn State career,” Penn State head coach James Franklin said in a release the school sent out confirming Godwin’s decision. “He is one of the top receivers in Penn State history and has made numerous memorable catches throughout his career. We are thankful for all of Chris’ contributions to Penn State Football and look forward to seeing him excel on the next level.”
Penn State WR Chris Godwin:
- 2016: 59 catches, 982 yards, 11 TDs
- 2015: 69 catches, 1,101 yards, 5 TDs
- 2014: 26 catches, 338 yards, 2 TDs
Godwin had 9 receptions for 187 yards and 2 TDs in the Rose Bowl on Monday, establishing a personal-best and Penn State bowl record with the 187 yards. The 9 catches also established a Nittany Lions bowl record.
And No. 2. Wow. pic.twitter.com/vujmCPfB4I
— Nate Bauer (@NateBauerBWI) January 2, 2017
The receiver helped Penn State finish 11-3 this season, winning the Big Ten Championship Game.