Jake Fromm says making pro decision was ‘excruciating’

Jake Fromm says making pro decision was ‘excruciating’
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

ATHENS, Ga. — It was late on a Tuesday morning when Jake Fromm arrived at his decision. And when the Georgia quarterback did, he didn’t waste any time acting on it. He met with coach Kirby Smart that afternoon, packed his bags that night, and lit southwest out of town at first light the next morning.

By the time Fromm sent out the tweet that would be heard throughout the Bulldog nation, he was already in Mobile, Ala. Then he turned his phone off.

That was Jan. 8. In retrospect, that may seem odd that Fromm, a beloved Georgia football player who never shrank away from bright lights, would just slip out of town without so much as a peep, never mind a news conference or a ticker-tape parade.

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In the end, Fromm said it needed to be that way. He described the decision to forego his senior season at Georgia as “excruciating” and “painful.” In his mind, there was just no sense in complicating the process.

Like pulling off a bandage, it's almost always better to just grip it and rip it.

“I really didn’t want to make it any tougher than it had to be,” Fromm said Tuesday from Mobile. “It was just excruciating for me. I thought the easier thing was to get out, get to training and get my mind set on something else. As far as a press conference or something, you know, that wasn’t exactly me. I talked to people I have relationships with and saw every day. I will have the opportunity to come back and really say those goodbyes and get in touch with everybody.”

That was a point Fromm emphasized a few times during an extensive telephone interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. He contends that he hasn’t left Georgia. He’s merely doing something else at the moment.

“I’m not gone,” said Fromm, who was Georgia’s quarterback of record for every game of the past three seasons, 43 in all. “I’ll always be a Bulldog and always love everyone in the Dog Nation. I’m still here and will always be here.”

To reiterate what many Georgia fans can probably recite now, Fromm leaves as the Bulldogs’ fourth-leading passer of all time with 8,224 yards and second in touchdown passes with 78. He led UGA to 37 wins in 43 games over three seasons, starting all but the very first one when he replaced an injured Jacob Eason during the third offensive series of the game. The Bulldogs won an SEC championship, a Rose Bowl and three SEC East titles during Fromm’s career. He was named a permanent team captain for the 2019 team.

Since leaving Athens, Fromm has been living in Mobile and training with David Morris at QB Country. Morris has served as Fromm’s personal quarterback coach since Fromm was a rising junior at Houston County High School.

On Tuesday, Fromm and Morris were driving to the EXOS training facility in Pensacola, Fla., to throw and work out with players who are also preparing for the 2020 NFL Combine. Fromm was among 10 Georgia players to be invited to that all-important pre-draft event Feb. 23-March 2 in Indianapolis.

As of Tuesday, Pro Football Focus still had Fromm projected as the fourth quarterback selected in this year’s draft. The Chicago Bears in the second round seems to be a popular prognostication at the moment.