Jeff Gettys returns his first career interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter Saturday. (Columbia Daily Tribune photo)

Houston High School graduate Jeff Gettys concluded his five-year run as a member of the University of Missouri football team at Tuesday night’s Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Gettys, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury Nov. 6 at Texas Tech, did not dress out for the Tigers’ 24-21 loss to Iowa. He did travel with the team.

The first HHS graduate to play at Missouri in three decades, Gettys said his goal was to receive a bowl ring for each of his seasons with the Tigers. The Insight Bowl was his fifth in five seasons.

Following Missouri’s last bowl practice, each of the seniors made their ceremonial last tackle. With his teammates watching, Gettys walked up to the tackling dummy and did a summersault with it as he landed on a mat.

Gettys received numerous awards during his career with the Tigers. He was named the 2007 walk-on of the year and that same season was a second team member of the all-Big 12 academic team. He received a scholarship during the offseason and in 2008 intercepted his first career pass against Nevada and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.

In December, Gettys was named the team’s scholar-athlete of the year. He was a member a senior class that was the winningest in program history. Gettys’ final season — Missouri went 10-3 — was the fourth 10-win season in team history.

On Wednesday, Gettys tweeted, “Gonna miss you Mizzou family but you can’t be a cowboy forever.”

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