Graham Shuler announces departure from Stanford to pursue non-football opportunity

Stanford's center will not return to the program next season.
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Stanford center Graham Shuler announced on Tuesday that he would not be coming back to the Cardinal football program. However, it’s not for the reason you may think.

Shuler announced on the website Medium that he would be leaving Stanford for a non-football opportunity.

I came to Stanford for a multitude of reasons. At Stanford I am surrounded by professors, TAs, teammates, and friends who refuse to doubt — young men and women who dream and take chances. I watched and learned how to balance life in ways that only make sense in Silicon Valley. Stanford has empowered me beyond my wildest dreams. After wrestling with this decision for the last several weeks, I feel a strong sense of empowerment to do something different — to chase my dreams and opportunities outside of football.

The Stanford center goes to on talk about his love for Stanford and his teammates.

I have come to love and respect Stanford as my home. I am proud of what it stands for and honored to know those who stand for it. This place is unique in many ways: the perfect weather, beautiful campus, and world-class education are just a microcosm of Stanford’s depth. The people are what make this place so special. I love football, but I played the game for my teammates. They have inspired me not only on the field, but most importantly in the game of life.

Shuler won three Pac-12 titles in his four years at Stanford and was also the member of two Rose Bowl winning teams.