Sims Explains His Decision to Go Pro

Comments from Auburn defensive lineman Pat Sims are featured.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Auburn junior defensive tackle Pat Sims says he gave his decision to enter the 2008 National Football League Draft plenty of thought before announcing it on Tuesday.

"This was something that I carefully thought about and felt it was in my best interest to pass on my senior season at Auburn and make myself eligible for the NFL Draft," Sims notes. "It's always been a dream of mine to play at the next level and I believe this is the right time to pursue that goal."

Sims had by far his best season in 2007. He ended it with earning Most Valuable Defensive Player honors in Auburn's Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Clemson.

"I had a great experience at Auburn and I'd like to thank Coach (Tommy) Tuberville, Coach (Don) Dunn, Coach (Eddie) Gran, Coach (Kevin) Yoxall and the remainder of the football staff for their support and helping make me the player and person that I am," Sims says. "I'm very appreciative to them for sticking with me through the good and bad times."

Tuberville is head coach of the Tigers while Dunn was position coach for Sims. Gran recruited Sims out of Fort Lauderdale and Yoxall is in charge of AU's strength and conditioning program.

"I'll also miss my teammates and the great Auburn fans, who were my biggest supporters," Sims adds.

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