If Northwestern senior defensive end Corey Wootton had put his future before anything else, he probably would have sat out this past season and allowed his right knee to fully heal.
It wasn't that his future, more specifically his NFL future, wasn't important to him heading into his senior season after tearing his ACL in the 2008 Alamo Bowl. It's just that closing out his Wildcats' career on the field meant more to him.
"I knew [playing this season] would affect my draft status," Wootton said on Thursday. "I didn't want to be a selfish person and think of myself. I wanted to be out there for my teammates and help them. I was someone they looked up to and needed. I could have sat out the season and returned for the draft combine, but I didn't want to miss it."