Pitt has officially lost their second member of their starting secondary.
Senior safety Damar Hamlin officially announced on Twitter on Saturday that he will not return to Pitt for a sixth season and will enter the 2021 NFL Draft. This comes as no surprise after Hamlin choose not to play in the season finale against Georgia Tech.
This was the statement issued by Hamlin:
“Being a kid from Pittsburgh, playing for the hometown team has always been the dream knowing the pride of the Steel City, it has truly been an honor to play for and represent as a Pittsburgh Panther.
“After discussing with my family, coaches and having the full support of my teammates, I have decided to declare for the NFL Draft and take the next steps in my professional career.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for his continuous guidance in my life allowing me to stay on track and make the right decisions.
“My parents who have been my biggest supporters since the beginning of time.
“The University of Pittsburgh for allowing a kid from McKees Rocks the opportunity to receive an education while playing the game I love.
“My coaches for trusting in me as a leader & teammates for rocking out with me day in and day out!
“This next chapter in my life allows me to amplify my impact in Pittsburgh even more. I am excited for what’s next and to utilize my platform to give back to my city through the Chasing M’s Foundation, starting with the donation of toy and coats to those who need them most during this holiday season.
“I am humbled by everyone’s support and promise to continue working hard to prepare myself for success both on and off the field.” #ChasingMs #TeamHamlin”