If you are looking for something to make you feel good about the University of Kentucky football program, consider what former players Anthony White, Leonard Burress and Mike Williams have done recently.
They all returned to UK to complete graduation requirements that they didn't finish during their playing careers. While that may not sound like much, it's a huge accomplishment for all three and speaks volumes about the support former players obviously feel from the academic staff at Kentucky.
"It was hard to finish my degree. Mine was a five-year program and I took a year off because of trying to stick in the NFL. But I am glad I finished up," Burress said. "I know no one can ever take that degree from me."
Williams still holds out hope that he might find a spot playing professional football at some level. However, he understood the value of completing his degree.
"I just finished up school in May and I'm really glad I was able to do that," he said. "At least now I can go to work if I don't figure out something with football. I'm probably going to go back to Florida, but now I have that degree and that means a lot to me."
White believes in setting, and completing, goals. He set numerous records at Kentucky and spent several seasons trying to land a spot in the NFL. But he realized he needed to finish his degree. "College was about the only thing I had started that I had not completed," White said. "I eventually want to get married. I might even still be able to play football. But with my degree, I can control my own destiny. I can close the football chapter of my life because now I have my degree."
No, this has no bearing on how many games Kentucky might win this season. However, it's still nice to see three players who played key roles on the football field at Kentucky showing that they understand the value of education and making the commitment to finish their degrees.
Former players finish degrees
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