The news every University of Washington football fan has been waiting for officially broke Monday morning when Jake Locker announced via press release that he would be returning to Montlake for his senior season.
Locker, 22, was touted by many as a top 10 if not five pick in the upcoming 2010 NFL draft. In fact, ESPN’s draft analyst Todd McShay just released his updated draft board with Locker as the No. 1 prospect.
So by announcing his return to college, Locker is obviously turning down millions of dollars that await him and choosing to cement a legacy at UW, a legacy he hoped to create when he first signed on to play for the Huskies in 2006.
According to the press release, Locker is looking forward to cementing said legacy at UW, spending another season with his buddies, and fulfilling the promise that everyone around the team believes that the team has for next season.
Keep in mind that Jake Locker has already signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to play baseball, a deal that has afforded him enough financial stability to forego his scholarship offer from UW and decide to pay his own way.
Essentially Locker made a decision based on what he wants out of his life — something that deals more with legacies as a football player and friendships than it has to do with money.
Obviously with Locker returning for his senior season after a 5-7 2009 campaign that included wins over USC, Cal and Arizona including consecutive victories to close out the season in which the defense gave up just 10 total points — the Huskies will be quite formidable.
Quite formidable indeed.