This article originally appeared in the Nov. 12th issue of Cal Football Kickoff GameDay Magazine
Bryan Anger "I would like to thank my family. By them, I was given a solid foundation to build upon a great future, which has only grown here at Cal. To Coach Alamar, Coach Tedford and the rest of the coaching staff, I thank you for bringing me into such a great place and giving me the opportunity to grow into the man that I am today. I would like to thank all of my teammates and friends here at Cal. may think that it is just a game that we play, but it is much more. It is the lead in to a system that provides us with all of the necessary tools to build a successful future. I will forever bleed blue and gold...GO BEARS!!"
Michael Calvin "I want to thank God for blessing me with an amazing journey . Thank you Mom and Boo for always supporting me. I love you guys with all of my heart. To my brother, I love you dude. Without you, I don't have a reason to make it as far as I have. You will forever be the one person who I look up to. To my receivers, I love all of y'all, and you guys are the reason why my time here has been a phenomenal one. Wes and Mat, thank you for being there every step of the way. And lastly, I want to thank the coaching staff for believing in me. This has been the best chapter in my life and I'm forever grateful for it. No Shnacks for them boys! Shout out to my seniors, man."
D.J. Campbell "My time here at Cal has been one that was life changing. I learned a lot about myself as a student, an athlete and a man. The endeavors that I've gone through have shaped me and I thank God for every trial and tribulation. I want to thank my parents for being my No.1 fans since day one and supporting me like no other. Thanks to KP for being the backbone of Cal football. You showed me the true meaning of selflessness. To my brothers that I started this journey with, I love you all. D.J., Sean, Marc and Josh: Y'all my boys, my family away from home. Thanks for all the memories, and thanks to all the Cal supporters! Thank you."
Sean Cattouse "Attack your fears. Be better while being you."
Justin Cheadle "My time here at Cal has been very influential and memorable thanks to everyone I have come across while being a student-athlete here at Cal. The lessons and knowledge I have obtained, both on the field and in the classroom, are deeply valued and have played a significant part in shaping the person I am today. I am proud to be Golden Bear and will never forget the people or the experiences I have had here at the BEST University in the nation. Go Bears!"
Ryan Davis Thanks to the real Home team: My Mama (No. 1 fan in life through the thickest and the thin), my pops (get well soon), my brother/best friend Julian, Grandma Stella, RIP Grandpa Rob, my sister Queana, my brother Lil Terry, my aunts and uncles, my cousins and the rest of all my family who supported my dreams, the biggest and the smallest! Also thanks to the White family: David Sr., Renaee, David Jr., CJ, X-Man, and Auntie Neen... Special thanks to Ryan Terryl Davis Jr. (Mister Baby) for motivating my dreams and making me step back and look at life, and to Alicia, for doing an outstanding job of being a great mother. Also, super thanks to ReAuna for helping me get through the toughest trial I've ever encountered and having my back regardless the situation. 22+21=4ever...
Justin Gates "To start off, I would like to thank my parents, Paul and Carol, for giving me this opportunity to accomplish my dream. These last five years have been quite the ride. Through the ups and downs, you continued to support me; I cannot thank you enough. As I move on, I will cherish the memories made over my time here. To my O-Line brothers, I'll miss all the good times we had from the meeting room to the practice field. Lastly, keep up the hard work. I would like to thank the coaching staff for guiding me along on my journey here. I truly believe I am a better man because of my experiences here. As always, GO BEARS!"
Trevor Guyton "First, I would like to say thank you to Coach Tedford and Coach Lupoi for believing in me enough to offer me a scholarship and bring me in as part of this team. I would also like to say thank you to all of the guys who I have grown with during my time here at Cal. A special shout out to the D-Line. This is a special group. Most importantly, I thank my family and the people that I consider family for always being there for me, supporting me in everything I do, helping me develop into the man that I am and motivating me to become the best person I can be."
D.J. Holt""I would like to first and foremost thank God. Without His blessings and love, I wouldn't be in this situation. I would like to thank all my teammates for the wonderful times and memories - you guys are my family and I will always have your backs. I thank all of the coaches for helping me develop in all phases of my life. I can honestly say that I am prepared for what life has to offer when it is all said and done. I would like to thank my Mother and Father, Shawn and Monica Bridges - you've supported my every decision and loved me since day one. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents. Being a Cal Bear is a lifestyle, a belief, and a brotherhood. It has been a wonderful and fun journey."
Marvin Jones "It feels like yesterday that I was trotting out on the field for the first time as a true freshman, curious about how the next four years of my life would unfold. want to thank Coach Tedford for trusting in me, at a young age, with responsibilities on and off of the field. I would like to notice former Coach Ferigno for getting me to Cal and Coach Keisau who came in and sharpened my skill in my final year and trusted me as a leader to carry our guys. I would like to thank my family who traveled to almost every single one of my games! I love you all. Finally, I would like to thank my girlfriend, Jazmyn, my son, Marvin Jones III, and my newest addition, Mareon Jones, for keeping me grounded and motivating me to push hard at everything I do. "
Will Kapp "I always wanted to go to Cal, ever since I was a little kid. As soon as I got the opportunity to just walk on, I took it. What I am going to miss the most is the guys on the team. I love winning games and celebrating in the locker room. Looking back, I would not have done anything differently. I'm stoked to move on, but I'm gonna miss this place and all my Berkeley people! "
Mychal Kendricks ""First off, I want to thank Coach Tedford and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me an opportunity to play at this great university, get a great education and come to a place that has really helped me grow as a person. Looking back on these past four years, it's gone by super fast. I made a lot of friends that are going to be in my life for the rest of my life. I wouldn't trade my experience for the world. It's helped me become who I am today. It made me realize how much of a blessing it was to have this opportunity. It's going to be sad to leave, but after it's all said and done, I plan on moving back here, having a family here and living in Berkeley."
Brock Mansion I don't know if there is any way that I can sum up the past 5 years here at Cal.. There have been a number of people that have influenced my time here, and I know for a fact that there isn't enough room for me to thank everyone that has been apart of my experience here.. But first and foremost I want to thank my parents for everything that they have done for me while I have been away from home.. I know for a fact that it has not been easy with everything life has thrown at me.. Mom, there isn't a mother on this planet that could fill the shoes you have worn being my mother.. The ultimate, most caring, loving, and understanding mother anyone could ask for, I thank you and hope you know how much I love you! Dad, don't know if I can put into words everything that comes to mind about us and everything that you have done for me and my experience here at Cal.. But, regardless of the outcome good or bad I appreciate everything that you have done for me while I've been here at Cal.. Bebe, thank you so much for all the cookies and cards and other goodies you have sent me over the years here, I promise they made every minute I spent here easier.. Paw Paw, thank you for all the words of encouragement and for all the support! And the rest of the family (Uncle Bill, Aunt Jara, Aunt Khaki, Uncle Sammy, Momma Jayne & Papa Hans) thank you for everything! And last but not least I want to say thank you to Momma C, Uncle, and Carli.. Ya'll have put up with me for 3 1/2 years and I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me.. Momma C and Uncle, through the thick and the thin, through Carli and I's ups and downs you two have always been there for me and I thank you for everything that you two have done for me! Carli, there are no words that can describe what you have meant to me nor how much I love you for all that you have done for me.. I hope that this is just the beginning to a long and amazing life together.. Thank you to everyone! And GO BEARS!!"
Anthony Miller "The last four years at Cal have been very memorable. Thanks to everyone I have met during my time here at Cal. It is hard to believe that it is coming to an end. I have learned a lot from the time I stepped on campus as a freshman to now. Cal has taught me many lessons that I will be able to use as I move on in life."
C.J. Moncrease "My time here has been very hard yet enjoyable. Things have not gone the way I have planned, but I'm very happy I stuck with it and came out of it with a Cal degree. Thank you for the scholarship, Coach Tedford. DBs, keep balling hard. I'm going to come and check up on you all from time to time. It's been fun, but it's time to go. GO BEARS!"
Robert Mullins ""I'd like to give thanks to everyone involved in making my Cal experience the best that it could be. Though time has flown by the memories that I have made will never leave me. I'd like to give thanks to my brother Marcus and my parents Robert and Cheryl Mullins for supporting me during my tenure at Cal."
Ernest Owusu "As I close my experience as a Golden Bear, I refuse to be sad it happened, but rather glad it happened. It's been a wild roller coaster. Whether I was trying to concentrate during workouts as tree people dropped their buckets on police or experiencing the jubilation of watching all of bear territory storm the field after we beat Stanford, my experience at Cal has been truly unique. I can attribute that to all of the support I have received from my coaches, teammates, fans and family. So as my time descends, just know that I will bleed blue and gold until the day I die. I love ya, bear territory. Go Bears!"
Mitchell Schwartz "The past four and a half years here at Cal have been great. The entire staff has been really amazing to be around from top to bottom and they've created an environment that everyone enjoys. I've met a lot of awesome guys on the team that I'll be friends with forever. We had a lot of fun, whether it was in the meeting room, locker room, training room, on planes and buses or especially on the field."
Giorgio Tavecchio "God knows how I got to Cal and God knows where I will go in the future, but one thing is for certain- my time here has been incredible. From the times of struggle, whether it was on or off the field to the times of success, I cannot believe the experiences that I have been a part of. For this, I have to thank the Cal football program for giving me this unbelievable opportunity, thank my teammates for making it so memorable and thank my family and friends for sticking with me through it all. "Tanto, se tutto va bene siamo rovinati!" I truly lived the dream...God Bless and Go Bears!"
John Tyndall "It has been a privilege and a blessing to be a part of this team and this university. The friendships I have made and the lessons I have learned
will stay with me for the rest of my life. I came to Cal as a boy, and am leaving as a man."