Gonzalez to enter NFL draft

Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 2:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 2:51 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Speedy wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, a deep threat and the second-leading receiver for Ohio State, will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

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Florida's Ryan Smith breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State's Anthony Gonzalez during the third quarter of the Tostitos BCS National Championship in Glendale, Arizona. Gonzalez announced he will enter the NFL draft Thursday.

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"Obviously, it's the toughest thing I've ever had to do in my life," Gonzalez said at a news conference Thursday in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Two other Buckeyes are contemplating an early move to the NFL. Tailback Antonio Pittman will announce his decision on Monday at his Akron high school. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., who sprained his left foot in the BCS national championship game, has not made up his mind, his father said Thursday.

An Academic All-American, Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten selection. He finished the season with 51 receptions for 734 yards and eight touchdowns - all career highs.

Gonzalez, a philosophy major, is one of the most popular players on the roster. He's also known for sleeping in an oxygen-depletion tent and his knack for cooking Cuban food.

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