Worthy OFFICIALLY headed to the NFL

“Thanks Spartan Nation for all the great memories. As hard as it is for me to go. I want you all to know that I will always be a Spartan!” — Jerel Worthy

“Spartan Nation I love you all. TeamEazy. Will still stand at the next level. Never gona forget where I come from. #bigleagues” — Jerel Worthy

After one report broke yesterday from Shawn Zobel, Jerel Worthy made it official today at a press conference on campus. He is entering the NFL Draft.

As I said yesterday, this comes as no surprise following the win in the Outback Bowl.

What makes you respect Worthy in his decision — more than just his talent — is his focus on team.

“As a team, we went out and accomplished most of our goals: winning a Big Ten Championship (2010), playing in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game, beating Michigan multiple times and winning a New Year’s Day bowl game,” he said.

Worthy also had told his mother, Stephanie if the team hadn’t won its bowl game, he would have come back to MSU because he felt like he owed that to coach Mark Dantonio.

He will finish his degree and graduate in May — which is of utmost important to his mother. Some agents even offered to fly him back to East Lansing to get his degree finished.

According the LSJ’s Joe Rexrode, Worthy’s father had a stroke in 2010 and has not been able to get proper medical care for it, which now he will.

Mad respect goes to this big guy for his care of his teammates, family, and his education. As well as he has represented Michigan State on the field, he always has done an equally good job off the field.

Chris Vannini has a video of Worthy making his announcement here, on his blog Green Thoughts.

Also of note, Worthy answered some questions with the ESPN Big Ten Blog shortly after his announcement, which sheds light on his overall decision.

Some love from his teammates and other Spartans …

“Congrats to on declaring for the draft! Well deserved and definitely gonna make proud.” — Mike Sadler

“Worth gone! He boutta kill in the league tho, spartan nation stand up!” — Le’Veon Bell

“S/o to my bro @I_AM_Worthy99 congrats cuh” — B.J. Cunningham

“S/O to @I_AM_Worthy99 & best of luck in the NFL Draft.” — Larry Caper

@I_AM_Worthy99 congrats worth it was fun playing with you this year man spartan dawgs for life” — Marcus Rush

“Man my bro out of here it’s gone e weird for a minute but something you’ve always dreamed of my guy lets get it @I_AM_Worthy99 #believe” — Draymond Green

Congrats way to represent,,,,,SpartanNation behind you. ” — Steve Smith

@I_AM_Worthy99 Congrats on entering the NFL draft…Good Luck! #SpartanDawg” — Robaire Smith

@I_AM_Worthy99 Congratz homie keep Gridin.. #Eazy” — Ervin Baldwin

@I_AM_Worthy99 Great career man. Thanks for helping take the program to the next level. Fun to watch. #SpartanDawg” — Drew Neitzel