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Melvin Gordon writes letter to Wisconsin fans about Badger career, NFL future

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Melvin Gordon said goodbye to Badger fans in an open letter published on Wednesday.

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Melvin Gordon published the letter on Twitter, and UWBadgers.com also published it in full on the team's website. The full text is below.

Badger Nation,
For the last four years, I've had the chance to live out a dream and play football for the Wisconsin Badgers. It's been an amazing ride that I'll never forget. Now I'm ready to go after my dream of playing professional football in the NFL.

But first, I want to say thank you. Thank you to my coaches and teammates for their support and friendship. Thank you to the University of Wisconsin for the opportunity of a lifetime. Thank you to all the fans for making this such an amazing place to play.

The games I've played in the Camp will always be some of the best moments of my life. I'll never forget the Nebraska and Minnesota games this year, and how we battled to win the Big Ten West Division, fighting through adversity and finding ways to win so many games along the way. I'm so proud of what we were able to accomplish together this year, including a great win in the Outback Bowl to share with our families and fans. Badger fans had our backs, like you always do. I'll never forget what you did to make the atmosphere so amazing every Saturday. Your support means everything.

I was especially proud to carry on our great running back tradition by winning the Doak Walker Award and to represent our school and our state at the Heisman ceremony in New York.

It's hard to move on and leave behind something you love so much, but knowing that I have the support of my coaches, teammates and family helps me feel ready and confident. I've played for one of the best football programs in the country and I'm going to have a degree from the University of Wisconsin. I feel blessed.

This team and this school mean everything to me. I'm proud to be able to call myself a Wisconsin Badger for the rest of my life.

Thank you, Badger Nation. Thank you for everything.

On, Wisconsin!
Melvin