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Florida’s Teez Tabor will enter 2017 NFL Draft

The Florida star penned a heartfelt goodbye to the Gators — but insisted it’s only “see you later.”

NCAA FOOTBALL: NOV 19 Florida at LSU Photo by Andy Altenburger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Florida junior cornerback Teez Tabor announced this morning that he would enter the 2017 NFL Draft, via “A Letter to the Gator Nation” posted on The Players’ Tribune, reflecting on his time at Florida.

In the letter, Tabor recounts his first days at UF, and notes that the most special moment for him in orange and blue was the Gators’ goal line stop this season to win the game in Death Valley, a play which he was actually on the sidelines for. Tabor also goes on to express how thankful he is to the Florida program and Gator Nation, and how proud he is to call his teammates his brothers.

I strongly encourage you to read the whole piece. Here’s just a snippet from it:

It’s an exciting time for me. I’ve decided to do what’s best for me and my family by continuing to pursue my dreams. But I’m not saying goodbye. I’m saying see you later. Hopefully I’ll make y’all proud and show how my passion for this game continues to shine through. You can measure how fast a guy runs and how high he jumps, but you can’t measure how much heart he has — even though there’s nothing more important.

It was a widely reached conclusion that Tabor, who is expected to be a first-round selection, would forgo his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Tabor finished the year with four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 23 solo tackles - including two tackles for loss, one sack, and six pass break-ups.