Chris Wormley: An endless gratitude

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 11:44pm

Fifth-year senior defensive end Chris Wormley after the game against Indiana on Nov. 19.

Fifth-year senior defensive end Chris Wormley after the game against Indiana on Nov. 19. Buy this photo
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To the loyal Michigan community —

I would be remiss to leave Michigan after five years without thanking you all for everything you have done for me.  This school and community has supported me since the moment I signed my letter of intent and I can only hope to express a fraction of my gratitude in this letter. 

I would like to begin by thanking Coach Harbaugh, Coach Brown, Coach Mattison, the trainers, equipment staff and support staff that worked tirelessly to help me succeed each and every week.  You all had a hand in helping me realize that my dream of becoming an NFL player could become a reality.  I leave Ann Arbor a better person and player than when I first arrived, and it is due to the amazing support my teammates and I had surrounding us every day. I would also like to thank Coach Hoke for recruiting me to the school of my dreams and giving me the opportunity to become a Wolverine. 

Michigan football fans are some of the most proud and passionate fans in all of college football. Your unwavering support means so much to us.  You filled the Big House every single week with maize and blue and supported us no matter the outcome of each game. 

I would also like to thank my academic advisor, Claiborne Greene, for his help and guidance over the past five years.  Thank you to all of my professors and peers for supporting me in and out of the classroom each day.  I am proud to have earned a degree from such a prestigious university.

Thank you to all of my teammates who I have had the honor and privilege of playing with for five seasons.  We have shared so many memories and created a brotherhood on and off the field.  Your faith in me to lead this team as a captain my final season means the world to me.  I hope the bonds we have built and friendships that we made will continue for years to come. 

Finally, thank you to my family and girlfriend for your constant love and support. You have inspired me and continue to be my motivation for success every day.

While this may end my time as a student athlete at Michigan, I will never stop bleeding maize and blue.  I hope to return to Michigan Stadium and sing “Hail to the Victors” alongside all of you for seasons to come. 

Go Blue!

#43 - Chris Wormley