Michigan football edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and the program as a whole Wednesday in a heartfelt message on social media.
Hutchinson, a likely top-five pick in the NFL draft, had already selected an agent to make official the decision to pursue a professional career.
“I spent years visualizing the actual moments that unfolded in my final season at Michigan,” Hutchinson wrote. “November 27, 2021 was 10 years in the making and could not have been a more unforgettable night with my brothers. They proved with me time and time again this season that nothing is impossible and 2% is still 2%. I will relive all those glorious moments for the rest of my life and forever be grateful to my team for joining me in giving everything we had.
Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.
“My U-M family, you are amazing. You rallied through some tough losses with unwavering support. It was such a gift to witness the deserved joy and excitement of fans who waited almost 20 years for a championship season.
“To all my coaches, you believed in me and I believed in you. That was life-changing. The impact of experiencing great coaches and even better men is rare and I will always be indebted to you.
“To my family and friends who showed up for me week after week, praying and supporting — it meant the world. I can’t imagine this journey without my parents and sisters. The endless support, love, and fun doesn’t end here. We’ll walk that walk with each other for life.
“My Michigan legacy is complete. And it was truly the best time of my life. Onward and upward to the 2022 NFL draft. Thank you for everything, Wolverine nation and beyond…
“Breathe in God and forever Go Blue!”
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“First, I would like thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level,” Baldwin wrote.
“To my family and loved ones, who have supported me throughout this process, I would like to say thank you for everything. I would not be the person I am without you guys.
“To Morgan State, Jackson State and The University of Michigan, I am forever thankful for the opportunities, relationships, and the life long memories that I have created; from my coaching staff and teammates, to every position or team room I have been in, the ride has been unimaginable. I will never forget you guys.
“At the end of all that, I sit here once again betting on myself, and chasing my dream of being a professional athlete.”
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