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From pigskin to sheepskin: Nick Leckey chosen as student commencement speaker

Friday, November 16, 2012

When the National Football League knocked on Nick Leckey’s door, the captain of the Wildcat football team was 46 credits away from graduating.

Graduating senior Nick Leckey

With the NFL, he played for the Arizona Cardinals, the St. Louis Rams and the New Orleans Saints where he picked up a Super Bowl ring in 2009.

But Leckey had made a promise to his mother and his aunt. He’d get that sheepskin.

The offensive lineman retired from football, moved from Phoenix to Kansas City, home town of his wife Erin, a K-State graduate in accounting and finance. And he enrolled as a distance student at K-State. This December, more than 9 years after he left Wildcat Country, he will graduate with a degree in hotel and restaurant management.

Leckey has been selected to give the student commencement address for the College of Human Ecology at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in McCain Auditorium.

“Of all the moments in my life, graduation ranks behind marrying my wife Erin and the birth of our first child. It will be tremendous to become a K-State alumni and hang my diploma next to my wife’s,” said Leckey, who was a captain and starting center of K-State’s 2003 Big 12 championship team.

“After graduating I plan to feast at Coco Bolo’s with my family and then find a job in the Kansas City area. I don’t know what lies ahead for me but I will enjoy each day as it happens.”

The college will graduate about 130 students this semester. A live webcast of the commencement ceremonies will be available at http://www.k-state.edu/graduation.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications





This article was posted on Friday, November 16, 2012, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.