Posted by Tom Fornelli
UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers had a choice to make. Did he want to come back for his senior season, likely another down year, at UCLA, or did he want to go make a few million dollars in the NFL? What do you think Akeem chose to do?
“I want to thank my coaches, teammates and everyone at UCLA for all of their help the last few years,” said Ayers in a statement released by UCLA. “I have had a great experience at UCLA and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend such an outstanding school.
“I will miss playing with my UCLA teammates next year but I feel that the decision to go to the NFL is what is best for my family. I will always be a Bruin.”
I know, I was shocked too.
Ayers is projected to be a top-20 pick in the NFL draft this spring, so it only makes sense that he'd be leaving school to cash in on his potential. Especially considering he missed quite a bit of time this season with an injury -- though that didn't stop him from being named first team All-Pac-10 -- and returning for his senior season only to be injured again would hurt his draft status.