Alex Palczewski experienced a bit of everything during his time at Illinois. Now, the veteran offensive lineman is saying farewell with his time in Champaign coming to the end.

A member of the 2017 recruiting class, Palczewski became a starter as a freshman with 11 starts during his first season. Save for a 4-game absence due to injury in 2020, Palczewski turned in one of the most consistent and dependable careers for the Illini.

“Illini Nation, six years ago you welcomed me into your arms and accepted me as one of your own,” wrote Palczewski in a statement. “Since then, this University has shaped me in the man I am today and has allowed me to earn an education…

“It has been a great ride, but the time has come for me to say goodbye. While life may take me all over the world, Champaign will always be my home.”

During the 2022 season, Palczewski was an All-B1G selection and made an appearance on multiple All-America teams as a second- or third-team selection. He departs the Illini with a B1G record of 64 career starts, a number that falls just one shy of tying the FBS record for starts in a career.

Best of luck to Palczewski as he makes the jump to the NFL!