Travis Etienne delivered some great news to the Clemson football program. While a number of star players have announced that they will be leaving the Tigers to enter the 2020 NFL Draft, the star running back decided he will be returning to Clemson for his senior season to finish his degree and make one final run at a national championship.
Etienne announced his decision in a statement on social media.
“When I arrived at Clemson in 2017, I was just a kid from Jennings, Louisiana with a dream of becoming the best football player and best man I could be,” Etienne wrote in a statement. “Coach Swinney, Coach Elliott, my family, my teammates, and so many others have helped me reach for that dream every single day, and I will always be thankful for their belief in me as a player and as a person.
“Speaking of dreams, I have long dreamed of competing at the highest level and getting the chance to compete in the NFL. But I’m not done dreaming here at Clemson either, which is why I’m announcing that I’ll be returning for my senior season. I look forward to earning my degree from this great university and continuing to fight with my brothers on the team to make you proud during the 2020 season.”
Throughout his time at Clemson, Etienne has rushed for 4,038 yards and 56 touchdowns while hauling in 54 catches for 567 yards and 6 scores.
The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 23 to April 25. Las Vegas edged out bids from cities like Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Nashville, and Cleveland/Canton.
In recent years, the NFL has strayed from tradition and moved the draft out of New York City, where it had been held for years.
In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago, Illinois which marked the first time since 1965 that the draft was held outside of New York City. It was held at Auditorium Theatre in Grant Part which marked the first draft to feature an outdoor component. The draft returned to Chicago in 2016 after the great reception a year prior. In 2017, the draft shifted to Philadelphia where it was held on the iconic Rocky Steps outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was the most attended draft in NFL history with more than 250,000 fans.
Then, in 2018, the draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it marked more NFL first’s. It was the first time in history that the draft was held in the state of Texas, while also being the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium. The 2019 NFL Draft was held in Nashville, Tennessee.