Northwestern linebacker Blake Gallagher is leaving the Wildcats to “chase another dream” — the NFL.

Gallagher tweeted out a lengthy message to Northwestern fans late Friday night.

“It’s been one hell of a ride but it’s time to go chase another dream,” Gallagher concluded.

Because of the pandemic, the NCAA is granting all players an extra year of eligibility. That means Gallagher could have returned to school for a fifth season at Northwestern.

Gallagher was a four-year contributor for the Wildcats. He recorded 332 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 1 forced fumble in his career.

He had a standout senior season, finishing No. 3 in the Big Ten in total tackles with 84. He was one of three senior linebackers to lead Northwestern to its second Big Ten West crown in the last three years.

Northwestern has had at least one player picked in the NFL draft for five consecutive seasons. Offensive tackle Rashawn Slater is expected to be a top-10 pick, so that streak will continue for another year.

The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29-May 1.