Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book had previously announced his intention to participate in the 2021 NFL Draft. He posted a heartfelt departure message to Notre Dame with a post via Instagram Wednesday evening.
The book took to social media to explain the decision and thank Notre-Dame. He is leaving Notre Dame as the show’s all-time leader and posted the following message on his Instagram account:
“I just arrived in Jacksonville to begin my new journey, in preparation for the Senior Bowl!
“As I sit here and think, some things come to mind.
“I will always carry Notre Dame with me, today and every day in the future. None of this would be possible with Coach Kelly, Coach Rees and all the medical and football staff. I am eternally grateful for the faith and trust you had in me. I also want to express my deep gratitude to Father Jenkins, Mr. Swarbrick, and each of my teachers who have contributed to my development.
“My teammates and I will always be linked by the unbreakable bond that accompanies the wearing of this golden helmet, the competition and the representation of Notre-Dame.
“My family has been my cornerstone, without your wholehearted support I wouldn’t be in this position today.
“Finally, to all the extended Irish family, I will forever be humble and grateful for all the love and support you have given me. It will never be forgotten. So it’s not a goodbye, it’s just until next time!
Book has guided Notre Dame to a place in the college football playoffs this season. The Fighting Irish year ended in the semifinals with a 31-14 loss to Alabama. Book ended his senior season throwing 2,830 yards with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions. He ended his career at Notre Dame with a 30-5 starter record.
The 2021 NFL draft decision process is unlike any other before it. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 college season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, players who have exhausted their college eligibility can still choose to return for next season.
And on the other side of the conversation, college football has seen a record number of churns for both COVID-19 reasons and in order to prepare for the NFL Draft. The preseason saw many projected stars choose to step away from the pitch to prepare, including that of Penn State. Micah parsons, Ja’Marr Chase from LSU, Georgia Jamie Newman, From Oregon According to Sewell and Miami Gregory Rousseau. Mid-season churns and the decision to skip bowling matches were also rife in 2020.
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Activities like the NFL Scouting Combine and Professional Days remain uncertain due to the COVID-19 climate, while the NFL Draft is scheduled to run from April 29 to May 1. Heisman Trophy Winner Joe burrow was the first choice in the general classification.