Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey has announced he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
McCaffrey made his announcement on Twitter, showing love for his time with the Cardinal.
After three incredible years at Stanford, I've decided to enter the 2017 NFL draft. #BlessedByTheBest
— Christian McCaffrey (@CMccaffrey5) December 7, 2016
“Since I was 6 years old, I’ve wanted to play in the NFL,” McCaffrey wrote in a follow-up news release. “It’s been on every list of goals that I’ve ever written. Now, it’s time to take that step. There’s nothing more I can put on film. I love Stanford more than anything. It will be extremely hard to leave.”
McCaffrey has been a force to be reckoned with during his college football career. He became a true star in 2015, racking up 3,864 yards and earning the NCAA’s single-season record for all-purpose yardage.
McCaffrey entered the 2016 season stronger and faster than before, looking to snag the Heisman Trophy that escaped him just one year before. Despite suffering a midseason injury, McCaffrey was still led the nation with 2,327 all-purpose yards.
The junior running back has currently racked up 1,603 rushing yards on the season and will have one last chance to bring his stats up when Stanford takes on North Carolina in the Hyundai Sun Bowl.
“I wanted to get this out of the way so that it’s not a distraction to the team,” McCaffrey said. “I want to focus, and I want my team to focus, on beating North Carolina.”