Before LSU senior offensive lineman Vadal Alexander takes the field for the final time as a Tiger in Tuesday night’s Texas Bowl, he took the time to write a touching letter to the university and fans thanking them for four wonderful years of representing the purple and gold.
“As I get ready to take the field for the final time as a member of the LSU football team tonight against Texas Tech, I want to say how incredibly blessed I have been to be able to represent LSU for four amazing years,” Alexander said.
Alexander wrote that playing for LSU fulfilled a dream of his and that his experiences in Baton Rouge, La., helped make him a better person.
“During these last four years, I have not only grown as a football player, but also as a man,” Alexander wrote. “For that I thank my teammates, trainers, teachers, and last but not least my coaches, especially Coach Miles.”
Alexander will likely be on to even greater things in the NFL. He is rated as the No. 2 offensive guard in the 2016 NFL Draft class by CBS Sports and could be taken in the first round. Alexander’s roots will always stem from Tiger Stadium no matter where he gets drafted. As he explained, the moments he spent at LSU with his teammates are what make college football great.
“The memories I have made with my teammates will make us brothers forever and I consider them part of my family now,” Alexander said. “Games like Ole Miss last year when Tiger Nation poured onto the field to celebrate, to the Texas A&M game this year when we carried Coach Miles off the field after that win over the Aggies, I thank God everyday for my time here.
“It’s truly been an honor to wear the LSU jersey and I hope that me and my teammates have made you proud. I will always be an LSU Tiger and LSU will always be my home.”