From UConn LB Yawin Smallwood: An Open Letter To Fans And Supporters

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What’s goin on, folks?

UConn junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood met with the team after the 45-10 win over Memphis and told the group that he has decided to enter the 2014 NFL draft a year early. He told the media upon entering the interview room and now here are his thoughts in an open letter to fans and supporters of UConn football.

This was emailed to me after the game….No surprises it’s the kind of person he is to do something like this….


Open Letter to Fans and Supporters of The University of Connecticut Football:

First, I would like to give my sincere thanks to University of Connecticut for providing me with a tremendous educational and athletic opportunity. Attaining a higher education has been my lifelong dream and I could not have made it this far without the love and encouragement from my family and friends.

Thanks to the endless support of my coaches, faculty, and everyone in the athletic department, I have had the most amazing collegiate experience. I have learned lifelong lessons about responsibilities, accountability, teamwork, loyalty, friendship, and grace under pressure. With the support of my Mother and advisers, I have decided to forgo my final season in order to pursue my next dream: to become a great professional athlete. I plan to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

I am excited to take this next step in my journey to become a better person, to continue learning, maturing, and to develop into a responsible, upstanding citizen. I pray I can become not just an honorable representative of the sport of football, but also a role model and philanthropist, giving back to the community and doing my part in making this world a better place.

I would like to say a special thank you to my coaches. Thank you for your patience and your faith in me.

Thank you for never allowing me to settle, compromise, or give anything less than 110%. Thank you for taking the time to teach me – I appreciate all you have done for me and the wisdom you have shared with me. I will never forget the invaluable lessons, both on and off the field.

To my teammates: I could not have made it through these years without you. You have all become my friends, my teachers, my comrades. Through the glories and the losses, the sweat and tears, I will carry these memories with me for the rest of my life.

To the fans of Husky football, and each and every supporter, thank you for the humbling privilege of playing for you. Thank you for your amazing support throughout the years.

It has been an honor to be apart of the husky family. I will forever call myself a husky and carry it with respect, admiration, and pride.

All my best,

Yawin Smallwood

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