Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel thanks everyone at A&M before leaving early for the NFL

Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel is leaving the Aggies early to enter the NFL Draft, but he didn’t want to just cut off without saying goodbye.

So, he took to the Texas A&M athletics website and wrote a letter thanking everyone involved in his time at Texas A&M.

As you may have heard, I have decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft and forego my senior season at Texas A&M. While I am excited about my future, I wanted you to know this was a very hard decision. To leave A&M, my brother Matt, my teammates, the coaches and the 12th Man is the toughest thing I have ever done. However, like graduating high school early to come to A&M three years ago, I feel like I again have an opportunity that I cannot pass up.

As I leave College Station to pursue my dream of playing in the NFL, know that I will be back often. Also know that I will do what I can to let everyone know how great A&M is. Hopefully, you feel I have been a good friend and served the 12th Man and University well. I know as I look back, it is you and all the great experiences I've had on and off the field that make me proud to be an Aggie.

Throughout the letter Joeckel also thanked the fans, his teammates, coaches and even the university’s business school. This type of letter isn’t something you see every day. Usually, if a player declares early, he’s gone the following semester and that’s the last you hear from him for awhile.

So kudos to Joeckel, who took the time to express his gratitude to a program that likely has made him one of the top picks in the draft.

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