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Former Colorado Freshman All-American Addison Gillam Could Skip Senior Year To Hike Appalachian Trail

Addison Gillam is coming off of a very nice bounce-back 2016 season after missing the majority of 2015 to injury. Now, it sounds like the former Freshman All-American's Colorado career may be over.

Back in February, head coach Mike MacIntyre announced that Gillam, who recorded 66 total tackles and four sacks on the season, announced that the linebacker would be taking a sabbatical for the spring.

As of now, it certainly doesn't sound like Gillam is returning to football this fall. The star linebacker posted to Twitter on April 1 to promote a GoFundMe campaign for a hike up the Appalachian Trail. Despite the date, it does not appear to be a prank.

From the GoFundMe post, which has already raised over $1,000.

Hello, my name is Addison Gillam and it is my goal to try and hike the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, the 2180 mile footpath from Georgia to Maine. I want to hike the Appalachian Trail because I have been playing football since I was 6 years old, now 23, and living a specific schedule for such a long time that I wanted to experience something new and something that fits well into my interests. Following the hike I plan on getting a job as a firefighter and I believe this experience will be beneficial. The reason I wanted to start a GoFundMe is because it would take away some of the stress and worries while on the trail. The money donated will mainly be used for food resupply when I reach towns and for equipment if I need to get new things. Any size donation would be incredibly helpful as it is fairly cheap to get food for a weeks worth of hiking. I am already about 170 miles into the hike and loving every minute of it.

Gillam's best season in Boulder came in 2013, when he led the team with 119 total tackles. He was a unanimous Freshman All-American, and an honorable mention All-Pac 12 player that year.

Based on his post, and the fact that this GoFundMe probably conflicts with his amateur status, it doesn't sound like another year at CU is in Gillam's future. After dealing with multiple injuries throughout his college career, it is hard to blame him for it. We wish him luck on his hike.