Posted by Jerry Hinnen
Sometimes stories emerge from beneath a thicket of rumors, half-truths, "sources," and innuendos. And sometimes, when we're lucky, they break straight out of the horse's mouth :
That's Wisconsin All-American defensive end J.J. Watt, taking to Twitter to inform the world that he wil lnot return for his senior season in Madison. Watt also penned an open letter to Badger fans , in which he writes that while his choice has "been one of the most difficult decisions of my life," the NFL "has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember."
Watt leaves having finished third in the nation with 21 tackles-for-loss this season and winning first-team All-Big Ten honors; he's almost certain to be a first-day draft pick as well and could as high as the first round. Not bad for a former walk-on who began his Wisconsin career as a tight end.