Bottom line is, what this kid did was a "classy" thing to do. It shows that he is appreciative of the opportunities that the people in Gainesville afforded him. Will the guy win a Nobel Peace Prize or Pulitzer Prize for this letter? Hell no...but don't look down on it as if it wasn't a classy gesture.
This was a refreshing thing for a young man to do. There is plenty of reserves of class left in the vault to be doled out...quit being so stingy with it!
The title of the thread needs to be changed to properly reflect what this player did. Something like the word nice in place of classy would suffice.
I think it counts as classy. This is a kid who was a high school all-american, but couldn't afford to go to the Army All-American game...so he held a bake sale to pay his way. He would have come back for his senior year, but coaches advised him to go because of his high grade. His main reason for leaving? So he can take care of his grandmother, who raised him...
You don't have to be a potential Rhodes scholar, accomplished violinist, or missionary to be classy. You can just be a guy from the streets of Philadelphia, who is thankful for the opportunity to have bettered himself..
There's nothing more classy than an argument about what constitutes "classy".