Wisconsin football star Jack Cichy has decided to take the next step in his career.
In an article for The Players’ Tribune on Tuesday, the star linebacker announced that he will be declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft rather than applying for a sixth-year of eligibility in Madison. Cichy, a team captain, never took the field during his senior season after suffering a torn ACL in August.
While he could have applied for a medical waiver, he has decided to “take a risk and see what happens” at the next level.
In his announcement, Cichy expressed his desire to carry on the proud Wisconsin tradition in the NFL.
“At the end of the day, whatever comes next for me, I mainly just want to make Wisconsin proud. I want to be the next guy people point to as someone who came to Madison as an unknown, worked his tail off and then became a mainstay in the NFL. I want to be like Jim Leonhard and J.J. and so many other guys who came here with a far-fetched dream and then … achieved greatness,” Cichy wrote.
“I want to uphold that legacy.”
When healthy, Cichy was the top Power 5 linebacker as rated by Pro Football Focus. However, it will be interesting to see what the future holds after being slowed down by injuries in each of the past two years.