MIAMI — The college career of one of the best football players the Tampa Bay area has ever produced came to a disappointing end Thursday.
Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, a former Armwood High star who played on the 2011 state championship team, played his last college game as his Sooners lost 37-17 to Clemson.
Despite the sad end that came up short of a national title, Striker spoke with class about his time at Oklahoma.
"It has been a great run, and it has been a great four years," Striker said. "Learned a lot as a leader, as a young man and walking off that field, you get a little emotional because you can never come back to it."
Striker finishes a senior season in which he earned Associated Press second-team All-America honors. As he walked off to the locker room, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops put his arm around Striker and said, "Proud of you."
"We've got to move on now to our next life," Striker said. "I'm sitting here very humbled, and it (stinks) to walk out like that. But it's been a good run."