Canadian RB Chuba Hubbard releases statement thanking fans, declaring for 2021 NFL draft

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The top Canadian player in the NCAA has released an official statement declaring his intentions to enter the 2021 NFL draft.

Oklahoma State University running back Chuba Hubbard released the following statement on his Twitter account.

Cowboy Country

First and foremost, I want to thank you all for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Cowboy family. You welcomed a young Canadian with open arms and I will forever be grateful for the endless love and support you all have shown me over the past 4 years. It is truly an honor to represent Oklahoma State and to wear the Cowboy jersey in front of the best fans in the world.

Thank you. Thank you to my family for being my backbone and support system. They are my “why”. Thank you to my coaches. I cannot tell you the appreciation I have for all of you and all of your guidance. Thank you to my teammates. You epitomize the word team. The bond and relationships we created will stay with me forever.

This time last year, I decided to return to Oklahoma State for my senior season. I did so to further develop as a player, continue to mature as a man and to play another season in a program I care so much about. Since I was a kid, I wanted to play in the NFL and use my platform to provide for my family and impact communities and causes I care so much about. As I rebound from this injury, I have decided to begin my preparations for the 2021 NFL draft.

Thank you Oklahoma State for helping turn my childhood dream into a reality. The journey continues!

#LetsRide #GoPokes #RMN

Chuba Hubbard

The six-foot, 210-pound running back surprised many when he returned to Oklahoma State for his redshirt junior season instead of declaring for the 2020 NFL draft. He finished eighth in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 2019 after recording an NCAA-leading 2,094 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Hubbard explained before the season that he chose to forgo the NFL draft because he wanted to help his team win a championship.

“I didn’t come back to break records for myself,” he said in a pre-season videoconference. “I came back to win a Big 12 championship and a national championship with my team. That’s my main goal.”

Oklahoma State had a relatively strong year but fell short of reaching the Big 12 Championship Game, finishing the regular season with a 7-3 record. Hampered by injury, Hubbard’s production was down drastically from 2019, carrying the ball 133 times for 625 yards and five touchdowns.