Maclin, expected 1st-rounder, to go pro

Updated: January 10, 2009, 3:02 AM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Outrunning defenses came easy for Missouri wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Maclin. Saying goodbye was the hard part.

The two-time All-American announced his widely expected decision to turn pro Friday -- but not before breaking down in tears at the microphone before a crowd of reporters, grateful teammates and coaches.

"This decision hasn't been easy," Maclin said, adding that he didn't completely make up his mind until 10 minutes before the news conference. ...

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