Alabama WR Calvin Ridley elects to turn pro

Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley runs the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley is electing to forgo his senior season and turn pro.

Ridley made the decision official Wednesday and released the following statement:

Preparing for a life after college football, regardless of what your future may hold, can be a scary proposition for many athletes, especially those who DID NOT attend The University of Alabama.
Having been thoroughly prepared for that next step, I am truly ready, because in the beginning, I choose THE RIGHT SCHOOL. Coach Saban and his entire staff of caring experts and professionals have created a culture of winning, and forged an unprecedented legacy for this program. My experience at Alabama has been exceptional. I have a lifetime of unforgettable memories and friendships that shall endure forever.
There are so many people to thank for the successes I have enjoyed, including faculty, staff, support staff, teammates, friends and the greatest fan base anyone could ever ask for. I must take a moment to express my heartfelt appreciation to my family for all of their support through the years. Mother, there are just no words to tell you what you mean to my brothers and me. Your love is beyond infinite. I stand here today because of you.
Coach Saban, thank you for building winning footballs teams by turning good players into great ones, and talented boys into successful men with a purpose.
In announcing my entrance into the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft, I know that those who come after me will take this program to even greater heights. The future of this program is indeed in great hands.
I am so grateful and so blessed to have been a part of a MIGHTY ROLLING TIDE, THAT WILL KEEP ON ROLLING AND ROLLING FOREVER...ROLL TIDE!!!!

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