Amidst the craziness of 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, Rondale Moore announced via Twitter that he will opt-out of playing the upcoming college football season and is declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft. There were rumblings that this could be a possibility with the 2020 season up in the air due to COVID-19, and Moore made it official today.
As much as it stings for Purdue fans to see such a great talent leave, it is hard not to blame him. He only suited up for the Boilermakers for 17 games, but what a hell of a time he had in West Lafayette.
During his two college seasons, he racked up 1,645 receiving yards while getting to the end zone 14 times through the air, while rushing for another two scores and having 931 kick/punt return yards. Rondale is quite possibly the best talent that Purdue Football has ever seen and although it was short, had a tremendous career for the Boilermakers.
Purdue fans around the world will never forget his performance against Ohio State in 2018 and the insane touchdown he scored late in that game to stun the #2 ranked Buckeyes. It will be interesting to see how his career progresses at the NFL level, but he should be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft next spring.
Rondale was the model student-athlete during his time at Purdue. This young man got a degree from the best university in the country, broke all sorts of records on the field, and gave Purdue fans memories that will stick with them forever.
On behalf of Boilermaker Nation, thank you for everything Rondale and good luck moving forward we cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. Boiler Up!