POSTED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 3:36pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 4:14pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The following paid editorial ran in Sunday's sports section of The Advocate newspaper:
Thank You Jarrett Lee!
We, the faithful fans of the LSU fighting Tigers, will never forget you and the significant contributions you made to us, to you teammates, to your team and to Louisiana State University.
You stepped up with a steady hand as quarterback this past year to lead your teammates through adversity, off-the-field turmoil, and controversy on the way to a 9-0 run as a starter.
Your play set the table for one of the greatest regular season records in LSU history. The team won 12 games, eight over "top 25" ranked teams (five of those "away") then crushed Georgia for the SEC Conference Title and a record 13-win season.
As fans, we admired the class and patience you projected as your playing time dwindled and then vanished. Of course, we were devastated by the bitter Alabama defeat in the BCS Championship Game, and many wondered if you might have had success if called upon.
But you once made a statement about being a better person for simply having played at LSU, staying patient and always being prepared.
Certainly, you have had an impact on "LSU" Tiger Fans," and perhaps, by example, you have made us better people also.
We all wish you the best, whether it is a possible football career or any other endeavor you undertake:
Louisiana LSU Fans!