Jake Locker had the riches of many worlds facing him.
And in the end, he chose the least profitable financially in the short term, but quite possibly the best one – and most enriching – down the road.
The UW quarterback spent valuable time with his family in Ferndale over the weekend, especially Saturday and Sunday.
On Monday morning, he walked into coach Steve Sarkisian's office with his dog, "Ten", sat down and sternly presented the announcement the entire Husky Nation was waiting for.
"He made the statement, 'Coach, I'm staying,'" Sarkisian said.
A short time later, after the quarterback left the office, Sarkisian said he gave offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who was also present, a "good high-five and a hug" in celebrating the news.
Later, Locker sent a mass text message to his UW teammates, breaking the news before it was made public.
"There is no hidden agendas (with Locker), no tell-me-what-to-do," Sarkisian said. "He's a bright young man. He put in the time to do this the right way."
In the middle of finals, Locker will not be available for comment until returning from holiday break in January. But through the university, he said, "After a great deal of careful thought and deliberation, I have decided to return to Washington and play my senior year. I am very excited about this team's opportunities and potential for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to being a part of it."
Some quick hit stuff about Locker's announcement:
"The numbers don't support doing it," Sarkisian said.
"It helped immensely," Sarkisian said.
Sarkisian said those sorts of things will help prepare him for the NFL.