The deadline for college football players to declare themselves for the NFL draft has come and gone, but Rice University defensive end Brian Nordstrom has announced he will not be using his final year of eligibility to leave for a different high-paying job.
Nordstrom was selected to the All-Conference USA team last season, but he will be giving up football to become a project engineer for a Houston-based oil and gas company, where he will make a six-figure salary to start, according to the Houston Chronicle.
"Who knows if something is going to be available in the future?" he said. "So it was something I felt like, for me professionally, it would be hard to turn down and maybe not have the opportunity come up again."
Rice has now lost two All-Conference USA linemen early this offseason, as defensive tackle Chris Covington will try his luck in the upcoming NFL draft.
- Brendan Maloy