One of the most talented players on Wisconsin football’s roster is moving on after a lost season.
Linebacker Jack Cichy announced he will not seek a sixth year of eligibility at Wisconsin and will instead declare for the NFL Draft. Cichy made the announcement in a piece with The Players’ Tribune entitled “A Badger for Life.”
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) December 12, 2017
The senior missed the entire 2017 season after tearing an ACL in fall camp, a tragic blow for a player that had been raking in the hype during preseason. He was named to watch lists for the Bednarik, Bronco Nagurski and Butkus awards, as well as being one of 10 Big Ten preseason honorees.
This decision lets Cichy avoid the risk of falling behind in the Draft process while waiting for a decision from the NCAA on whether or not he would be eligible to play for Wisconsin next season. As a senior who redshirted the 2014 season, a sixth year of eligibility might have been a tall order.
Cichy burst on to the scene during Wisconsin’s Holiday Bowl matchup in 2015 when he registered a sack in three straight plays against USC. He went on to register 60 tackles and seven tackles for loss in just seven games in the 2016 season before a torn pectoral prematurely ended his season.
Wisconsin was able to weather the loss of Cichy this season and lead the country in total defense, mostly thanks to the All-American play of T.J. Edwards, but there’s no doubt Cichy is capable of representing the Badgers at the next stage.
At the end of the day, whatever comes next for me, I mainly just want to make Wisconsin proud. I want to be the next guy people point to as someone who came to Madison as an unknown, worked his tail off and then became a mainstay in the NFL. I want to be like Jim Leonhard and J.J. and so many other guys who came here with a far-fetched dream and then … achieved greatness.