Andrew Luck rejects NFL to graduate

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From College News - Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck decides to finish degree.

USA Today reports that despite the possibility to be the No. 1 pick in the N.F.L. draft., Stanford University quarterback Andrew Luck announced he will return for his junior season. The player cited his desire to graduate from college as a factor in his decision to put off professional football.

“I am committed to earning my degree in architectural design from Stanford University and am on track to accomplish this at the completion of the spring quarter in 2012,” Luck said in a statement to the source.

Leading the Cardinals, Andrew Luck got the team a 12-1 record and had four touchdown passes Monday in a game against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Many have speculated since that this will put an end to his college career and open the door into the NFL, probably playing for the Carolina Panthers.

Another reason cited for Luck’s decision, according to the New York Times, is the player’s desire to graduate with his teammates.

“He wants to finish with those guys,” his father Oliver Luck told the newspaper. “It’s a great group of players. That was by far the most important factor.”

Some players have done well after rejecting an NFL offer so that they can finish their degrees and others have not, but Andrew Luck isn’t scared by the horror stories.

“I don’t want to sound cocky or pretentious or whatever, but no,” he told the newspaper. “I think it’s just you have to have trust in the decision you’re going to make is the right one. If it’s going back to school, I’m confident that I can still perform at a high level.”

By Alina Dain

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