ANN ARBOR, MI – Nearly one year after Zach Boren left the world of college football for a better, more lucrative place, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner spoke on behalf of the rival player he had become so close to while playing at Michigan.
Speaking from the heart, the Wolverine wide receiver or quarterback or whatever opened up about his connection to Boren, even after the Buckeye great had passed on to NFL free agency.
"I know he's gone, and that eventually my own eligibility will expire too, but I like to think he's still out there somewhere, standing menacingly over my crumpled, defeated frame at the brink of a taunting penalty," said an emotional Devin Gardner, a single tear streaming down his face. "I've never been closer to someone than Zach was to me, or at least not on top of me like that."
Following that admission, Gardner lost control of his heavy heart and allowed the tears to flow, finally and clearly expressing that the pain left by Boren was still very, very real.
After a few moments, Gardner regained his composure before making one final statement while wiping the tears from his eyes. "I do believe there's football after college football," concluded an introspective Gardner, nodding several times as he paused in silence. "But not for me. Not for me."