Wisconsin Badgers starting center Travis Frederick has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Frederick announced his decision with an open letter to the Wisconsin football family.
“Dear Badger Nation, Over the past month, I have faced one of the toughest decisions in my life,” the statement began. “Though it has been a long and difficult decision making process, I have decided to forgo my final season as a Badger to enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
“The decision that I have made has not been easy, and I assure you it has not been made in haste. First, as many of you know, academics are very important to me. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to graduate with a degree from the University of Wisconsin. I am happy to say that I am set to graduate in the spring with a degree in Computer Engineering.
“Thanks to the tremendous support system that I have, I feel very comfortable making this decision to move forward. I would like to thank everyone that has supported me all along and especially during this decision-making process. I would like to especially thank my parents, brothers, friends and girlfriend for being there during my career and this process. Without them, I could not have succeeded.”
You can read Frederick’s entire letter HERE.
Frederick started 31 of the 32 games he played with Wisconsin and moved to center this season to fill the void left by last year’s second-round selection Peter Konz.