You can't say Sharrif Floyd isn't grateful.
The Florida defensive tackle is skipping his junior season for a big payday in the NFL but, as reported by SBNation's Alligator Army, he's letting the Gator Nation know that he won't soon forget them.
To prove it, he bought this ad in Wednesday's The Independent Florida Alligator:
The text reads:
Dear Gator Nation:
For the last three years all of you have become my "family" as I grew as a student, an athlete, and a person. On the football field, we won together, lost together and bled together. It was a very difficult decision for me to leave this great University so I could pursue my dream of playing in the National Football League. I promise that I will not be a stranger to Gainesville and that I will be back from time to time to visit old friends and watch the Gators win another National Championship, which I am confident Coach Muschamp will lead us to. Thanks to all the UF students, professors, coaches, and administrators. You are the best!
Gator For Life
Floyd's classy gesture isn't the only example of gratitude we've seen recently from a player leaving early for the NFL. Last week, Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel released a letter thanking Aggies fans after he declared for the draft.