Back in seventh grade, Zach Ertz hated football so much he wanted to quit. Instead, his mother, Lisa, convinced him to give the sport a chance- if nothing else just so he could see if he could reach his full potential.
''I'd say it worked out all right,'' Ertz said Monday.
The All-American tight end officially announced his plans to forego his final year of eligibility at Stanford and enter the NFL draft. While the move had been expected, Ertz said the Cardinal's recent run of success - and the emergence of quarterback Kevin Hogan - at least made him consider returning for one more run at a national title.
''Kevin's special, man. All those guys coming back on defense, I think they're going to be one of the best teams in the country next year,'' Ertz said by phone. ''They're going to be really good. But at the same time, I have to do what's best for me and my family at this time. I couldn't pass up the opportunity.''
Ertz submitted paperwork to the NFL to gauge where he could be ...