Florida junior defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is declaring for the NFL draft, he wrote Monday on his Twitter account – @CGJXXIII.
Gardner-Johnson is third on the team with a career-high 66 tackles, including nine tackles for loss. He made two interceptions, including returning one for a score against Idaho.
He said he will play in Florida’s bowl game.
Part of what he wrote:
The opportunity to be a part of this program and play inside The Swamp for the past three seasons has been incredible. Since my arrival on campus in 2016, I have matured and become the man and player you all know today.
On the field, I now understand what football really is and the small details that help someone like myself become a force to be reckoned with. Off the field, I have grown mentally and physically as I now understand that my body is everything.
However, the more I valued my body I realized that all the individuals around me can have a positive and negative affect on who I am or viewed as in the public eye. This University and my platform as a student-athlete made me strong from the struggles of being alone at night, to waking up in the morning knowing I have a job to do in order to achieve my goals.
With that in mind, I write to you today to say that I’m ready to achieve my next goal and move on to the next chapter in my life. I have decided to forgo my senior year and declare for the NFL draft.
Along with this decision, I want Gator Nation to know that I am 100 percent committed to my team and this program as we look to finish the season strong at our bowl game next month.
But I cannot say goodbye without first saying thank you.”