A Michigan football standout will be skipping the team’s appearance in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Saturday, December 29 against the No. 10 Florida Gators. On Thursday, December 20, running back Karan Higdon announced that he will be sitting out of the game in order to focus on the upcoming NFL Draft.
“After a thorough evaluation between my parents and the UM staff we have deemed that it is in my best interest to not play in the Peach Bowl and to utilize this time to get prepared to pursue my dreams in the NFL,” Higdon wrote on Instagram.
“To all my fans and supporters, I thank you for the amount of support and love you’ve shown to not just me but this 2018 UM team. My teammates as always, I love you boys and I thank you for supporting me in this decision. Returning for my senior year was one of the best decisions of my life, but now it’s time to complete the mission.”
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27.
In recent years, the NFL has strayed from tradition and moved the draft out of New York City, where it had been held for years.
In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago, Illinois which marked the first time since 1965 that the draft was held outside of New York City. It was held at Auditorium Theatre in Grant Part which marked the first draft to feature an outdoor component. The draft returned to Chicago in 2016 after the great reception a year prior. In 2017, the draft shifted to Philadelphia where it was held on the iconic Rocky Steps outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was the most attended draft in NFL history with more than 250,000 fans.
Then, in 2018, the draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it marked more NFL first’s. It was the first time in history that the draft was held in the state of Texas, while also being the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium.