Tuesday March 3rd, 2015

Former Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley wrote an open letter addressing "Bulldog nation" in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  

In the letter, Conley thanks Georgia fans and coach Mark Richt and says that he would like to set an example "that we as people should have a goal to unite families, neighborhoods, and cities for the well-being of our state and then our country."

Conley recorded impressive numbers at the NFL combine last month, including a 40-yard dash time of 4.35 seconds. Over 13 games last season, he caught 36 passes for 657 yards and eight touchdowns.

During his time at Georgia, Conley also created a Star Wars fan film and served on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Below is part of the letter, which was published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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My current transition into the real world has been surreal and abrupt in some instances. I am adjusting to not being in the locker room around the boys or going to the same workouts. I will forever be indebted to Georgia for the work ethic and attitude that was sharpened during my time in Athens. I will always be a part of the the Dawg Nation and always hope to represent the “G” with pride. I may be in a different city or state in the coming months but a part of my heart will always remain in Athens, between the hedges.

People joke that I will one day be a politician because of the way I speak, the way I interact with everyone, or how I like to bring people together. I don’t hope to one day hold one of those positions, but rather I would like to set an example that we as people should have a goal to unite families, neighborhoods, and cities for the well-being of our state and then our country. Call me an idealist but I believe that all it takes for change to take root is a willing participant and the faith that it will happen. That same willingness and faith is what allowed a 2-3 star recruit to defy the odds and contribute at the greatest school in the country. Let us be the change we want to see in our homes, cities, and state. I am standing with you all.

For the full letter, click here.

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