Former Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley wrote a letter addressing "Bulldog nation."
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.
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.