“Some people just love college and love playing college football.”

I have to admit this isn’t what I expected to hear from Leonard Floyd.

As of now, Floyd said he has not made a decision on staying in college or turning pro.

“I’m going to definitely talk to my circle, which is my people I trust the most,” Floyd said. “I plan on talking to them after the (Georgia) Tech game. Probably the following week, we’ll start making my decision.”

The situation isn’t simple, according to Floyd. His mind doesn’t revolve around an impending paycheck and suiting up every Sunday next fall. Plus, a championship hunt with Georgia still weighs heavy on his mind. His words bear no semblance of someone anxious to start a professional career, at least, not yet.

“Some people do it for more than just going to the league,” Floyd said.

Admirable to hear a guy be thoughtful about his present as much as his future with talk like that.  But I still think it would be a major upset if Floyd suited up for the red and black in 2016.

Not that I’d complain about it, if it happened.

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34 responses to ““Some people just love college and love playing college football.”

  1. Castleberry

    It be incredible if he comes back, but I’m hoping he goes ahead and gets paid. Dealing with those bushwhackers diving at his knees Saturday will probably help him make up his mind.

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    • gastr1

      I’ve always thought that if they have the opportunity to get taken in the first round they need to go. Like you say, there’s too much risk to not do it for money while you can.

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      • Agreed. I’ll never understand the folks that shit on kid’s for leaving early to get paid. We have no clue what each kid’s circumstances are from behind our keyboards. Damn un-American to me to begrudge somebody for getting paid for something they’ve earned.

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  2. Jared S.

    Quite a contrast with Ezekiel Elliot’s and Cardale Jones’ comments after their loss last week. Ha.

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  3. Floyd has always considered himself a part of this senior class since he was recruited with them. I would be very pleasantly surprised if he’s back. Do what’s best for you, #84.

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  4. It didn’t specifically mention in that article, but I think in Seth’s article about it he pointed out that if Floyd comes back, he would be 25 by the time his rookie year started. That’s gotta factor in too. I get that he’s saying it’s not all about the money, but your body only holds up for so long, and he’ll be getting a late start as it is. I sure won’t complain if he comes back either, but it’s time for him to get paid.

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  5. Spike

    Tough decision. Do what is best for you. A DGD.

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  6. bulldogbry

    Has he already graduated?

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  7. charlottedawg

    Floyd is going pro. I really don’t see how another year would improve his draft stock (I’m no scout but I’m pretty sure he’s always been pegged as a great pass rusher which theNfl drools over) and i believe he has a newborn.

    As far as coming back to compete for a championship, uh yeah.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      Unless he already has his degree and is invoking the grad-transfer rule to attend bama, the chance of landing that championship is… um, let’s say somewhat remote.

      But his nfl prospects ought to be quite good. Look at the idiot falcons – passed on Gurley to take ‘pass rusher’ Beasley. There’s no shortage of dumb nfl execs looking to part with millions – Leonard should jump on that gravy train while its at the station.

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  8. Macallanlover

    I think he goes pro this year, primarily because of the potential injury issue. Who could blame him if he did? He is a talented speed rusher with the frame the NFL loves. His numbers would have been much better this year had he been used differently, or if the SEC refs had called some very obvious holding calls by OTs. Sometimes it looked like they were strangling him as he was slipping past them. But he is vulnerable to the run and looks like they will need to add some weight to him.

    It isn’t like he couldn’t use another year but if he is evaluated in the first 2 rounds he will go. Possible he could have slipped a little this year with others putting up good numbers. His play Saturday night was his high watermark for the season. Good luck to him whatever he decides.

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  9. TennesseeDawg

    “Plus, a championship hunt with Georgia still weighs heavy on his mind.”

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  10. 92 grad

    On some level there is the eventuality that individuals will do what they do. Some graduate, some go to graduate school, some complete doctorates. We’ve all been there at that age.

    The bell curve will not be denied. I do sincerely hope that whatever his decision, it bodes well for the young man.

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  11. Brandon (Version One)

    My Dad grew up in Chauncey and he’ll tell you the Floyd’s are good good people. Throwbacks, if you will. I’ll be proud of him no matter what he decides to do but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he came back.

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  12. Dog in Fla

    “I’m going to definitely talk to my circle, which is my people I trust the most,”

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  13. Gravidy

    He gone.

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  14. Irwin R. Fletcher

    It’s been a tough season for a lot of reasons, but we should all be proud of these young men. Floyd, Jenkins, Bailey, Ganus, Mitchell, Theus…there are more, certainly….these guys have consistently been in the press in way that is a great reflection on the program and the university. That’s a huge credit to the players and coaches for grinding through the season and at the very least, putting forth a public show of class, loyalty, and solidarity.

    Love me some Leonard Floyd and would sure love to see him one more year in the Red and Black.

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    • AthensHomerDawg

      Ganus sure was a big surprise. Wonder if he has a chance to play on Sunday. Lotta football smarts in that young man.

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  15. Harvey

    Admirable huh, Senator? Amateurism FTW.

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    • The difference is it’s his choice.

      Thanks for playing, though.

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      • Harvey

        Just like it was his choice when he faxed that paperwork in…

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        • He could have gone to the NFL then? Do tell…

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          • Harvey

            Nope. He couldn’t. The same way I couldn’t have just walked into my position in my chosen career. I had to work may way up through crappy positions that included me doing a lot I wasn’t paid for. I did these things so that I could prove to my superiors that I would go the extra mile.
            Look, this is not endentured servitude. If you don’t like the system don’t play the game. I don’t how many other ways there is to say it.

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            • LMAO.

              The history of the NBA draft suggests there are plenty of high schoolers who could – and did! – get big NBA contracts without setting foot on a college campus. That they can’t do so now isn’t because they have to work their way up. It’s because there’s collusion preventing it and the NCAA gets to reap the benefit by violating antitrust law.

              If you don’t like the system and the system is illegal, don’t play the game. Go to court and get the NCAA to play by lawful rules.

              I love how people like you think your situations are just like elite athletes’. They’re not.

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  16. Harvey

    Seriously, man. For the same reason you keep blogging about the issue. I get that you think players should be paid.

    You say that my situation is not the same as an elite athlete and then you use an argument that applies to everyone in American (supply and demand) to support your claim. Why is an athlete’s service any different than the service I or anyone else would have to offer? Supply and demand is not a valid argument.

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    • Because there are relatively few elite athletes. Just like there are very few elite performers in the entertainment business in general.

      I don’t know what you do, but I’m a lawyer. Guys like me are a dime a dozen. I’m not exactly Todd Gurley, in other words.

      I waited my turn because of competition. Gurley waited his turn because he didn’t have another choice. Only one of those is the result of supply and demand.

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  17. Harvey

    Hell, man. I’m a salesman. We make guys like you look like an endangered species. But I’m a damned good one. I beat out those other guys to get to my current level of sales success because of my hard work, not because the law said I deserved to be promoted.
    I had to have a certain amount of experience before I could get promoted as well. Even then, it was my superior’s decision as to when it would happen.

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    • And that’s fine. But you weren’t prevented from getting in to your line of work until it was financially convenient for the people controlling your job market to let you do so.

      Once Gurley’s in the pros, he’s dealing with the same market rules you and I are: you perform, you get paid. It’s the getting there that was different. And that’s not fair.

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