LSU is losing a pair of talented defenders to the 2019 NFL Draft this year — DB Greedy Williams and LB Devin White.

Both players have been critical to the Tigers’ success the past two years, with White clogging up the middle of the LSU defense and becoming one of the best linebackers in the country.

As you can see below, White wrote a heartfelt goodbye message to Tiger fans on Wednesday:

“To the great supporters of LSU, this was the hardest decision that I ever had to make in my life,” White wrote in the letter. “Going into the bowl game, there was no doubt in my mind that I was coming back to school for my senior season which is why not playing in the bowl game never crossed my mind. For me, the Fiesta Bowl was just the next game on the schedule, so why would I not play? But after the season ended, I immediately reached out to numerous people that have been put in my position before. I had long talks with my family and coaches, but more importantly, I prayed for God’s guidance through this process. I am very honored and thankful to have worn the purple and gold and play in front of the best fans in America, and I humbly ask for your continued support in the next phase of my life. To the wonderful people I have encountered at LSU, I can honestly say, we are family and I will forever carry you with me along my journey. Thank you and God Bless.”

White will certainly be missed next year, but he will be remembered as one of the best linebackers ever to wear the purple and gold.