Former Texas Longhorns quarterback David Ash already had his final press conference at Texas on Monday, but took the opportunity to release a letter through the school on Wednesday thanking fans for their support.
Here it is in its entirety:
Dear Longhorn Nation,
Being the quarterback at The University of Texas has been a huge blessing and one of the biggest reasons is our fans. Throughout my career, you have been awesome in the good times and the tough times. I've recently fallen on some harder times and am just so grateful that you have continued to support me. I can't thank you enough. The words of encouragement in tweets and messages, and the prayers - just know that they really matter. I am really appreciative of how y'all have treated me, as well as the opportunity to be a part of this great football program.
Growing up, I wasn't necessarily a Longhorn. My parents didn't go to school here so we didn't have any connection to The University of Texas. Now that I have been welcomed into the family, it's a part of who I am, a part of my identity. I wouldn't have it any other way. It's a huge blessing to be a part of the Longhorn family.
I'll always be a supporter of The University of Texas. The alumni and the people that make up the Longhorn family are going to be huge for me in the future. As I get older, I can pass along that special feeling of being a Longhorn.
So a big 'Thank You' to all of Longhorn Nation!
His final game came against North Texas in the opener and was the first full game he had played since the 2013 season opener, as he left the second game against BYU with the first in the string of concussions that eventually ended his career.
The junior from Belton went 15-7 as a starter for the Longhorns and retired last week after suffering three concussions in less than a year.
Ash ended his career ranked eighth on the UT career passing yards list (4,728) and 10th in total offense (5,107), with his four 300-yard games ranking tied for fourth on the UT career list. His 31 touchdown passes rank seventh on the Texas career list.