September 11, 2011; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril (92) during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Detroit Lions defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Cliff Avril to Walk at Purdue Graduation Next Month


It turns out Cliff Avril was a busy man while the NFL players were locked out and even during last season. In addition to preparing for and putting together the best season of his football career, Avril was putting the finishing touches on a business marketing degree at Purdue.

He’s not your ordinary Purdue student but he plans on being a normal part of the graduating class at Purdue’s ceremony next month.

Cliff Avril had the following to say about his education and getting to walk at Purdue’s commencement in the Detroit Free Press:

That’s going to be pretty cool. I’ve been putting it off for the last couple years and my biggest motivation honestly was (the birth of my son, Xavier, last summer). I can’t tell him you got to get your degree, get your education when I went to school for free and didn’t get it. So I looked at it like that. He motivated me to get it so I can encourage him to get it when his time comes around.

Congratulations, Cliff!

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