This is what Portland Tribune sports editor Steve Brandon has decided to return to, as he will not to make himself eligible for the 2014 NFL draft.As so many college football players are doing, I am issuing a statement to clarify my status.


I am excited to announce that I have decided to return for another season as sports editor of the Portland Tribune.

(I broke the news with this tweet: "I'm staying." I thought that was plenty, but the public relations folks at the Trib say I owe all the little people, er, all my fans, some further explanation, even if it is contrived, cliché and composed by someone else.)

So here is the rest of my "Official Statement" (I will not answer questions regarding my decision not to enter the 2014 NFL draft, so don't even bother to ask, thank you):

  • This decision was not an easy one for me.

    I weighed the pros and cons.

    I discussed it with the people closest to me.

    I wanted to do what was best for me and my family.

    I took some time to explore my options.

    Some of you think I am ready to move on.

    Others think I am not ready for the next level.

    But I listened to what the evaluators said about me and concluded that I still have things to work on.

    Everybody can always improve in certain areas ... accuracy, efficiency, stamina, legwork. You know, the fundamentals.

    I need to get bigger, stronger and faster (OK, not necessarily bigger).

    I will use this time to get better at what I do, while continuing my education (even though I already know it all).

    I still have a lot to learn.

    I have some unfinished business.

    I want to leave this place better than when I got here (I said better, not less messy).

    I don't have anything to prove, except to myself.

    I plan to study a lot of film (what am I, a movie critic now?)

    I am looking forward to spending another season with my Portland Tribune teammates.

    It's all about the team.

    There is no "I" in Portland Tribune (wait, there is one … but, hey, there is no "I" in Portland, you have to admit I'm right about that).

    I would love to go out with a title (how about senior sports editor?)

    It is an honor to represent this institution.

    With me, it's never been about the money (this is journalism, after all).

    I feel like staying will help me improve my stock (my stock of press guides, old newspapers, submitted photos and saved emails, that is).

    Of course I realize there is the risk of injury — carpal tunnel, eyestrain, etc.

    I made this decision after much thought (and numerous cups of coffee).

    I feel like this is the best decision for me.

    I'm going to take it one day at a time.

    I can hardly wait for next season.

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