In what ultimately is not a surprise move, California Golden Bears OT Jake Curhan has entered the 2021 NFL Draft and is forgoing his final season of eligibility with Cal.
Curhan had previously accepted his invitation to play in the Hula Bowl and as a redshirt-senior was only gifted a final year, or additional year, of eligibility due to the fact that no player had to exercise a year of eligibility in this coronavirus-plagued season.
Curhan penned a long note on social media, announcing his decision.
“When I first arrived in Berkeley in January 2016, I did not know what my academic or athletic career was going to look like. A minor, a degree, and 40 games later, I squeezed more out of the opportunities that the University of California offered me than I ever could have dreamed of.
Nothing I have done or will do would have been possible without the unrelenting advice and support from my family. I need to thank Coach Wilcox, Coach Wood, Coach Jones, Coach Angus and Coach Bec and the strength staff for teaching me how to operate at the highest level with accountability to myself, teammates and coaches. To the rest of the support staff, thank you for everything you have done to help me succeed on and off the field. The genuine relationships we have built are something I will cherish for a long time. To the fans and Cal Alumni, thank you for always making every stadium we played in feel like home, I cannot wait to cheer for the Golden Bears with you next year! Lastly, I need to thank every teammate I have had at Cal for inspiring me and driving me to want to be better every day. You guys are my brothers for life.
After five years, it is time for me to pursue my goals and dreams. Despite the extra year of eligibility granted, I have decided to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. I have nothing but gratitude for my time in Berkeley and am proud to be a Golden Bear for life.
Thank you, and GO BEARS”
December 31, 2020
Curhan leaves behind quite the legacy but 40 career games including quite an incredible streak of starts is nothing to scoff at.
Go get ‘em, Jake! We’re proud of you!