“If you are not a top pick, your ass better play in the [bowl] game.”

For the studs, though,

NFL officials speak with a bluntness about this issues that offers a sharp contrast to the idealism and wistfulness of college coaches. When discussing Fournette for a feature a few weeks ago, NFL officials consistently chuckled at the notion of skipping a bowl game hurting his or McCaffrey’s draft stock. “He’s got a billion-dollar set of knees,” one personnel director said of Fournette. “What are you doing playing in a nothing bowl game?”

Added another personnel director after the draft: “I think you will see more top players do it due to the minimal effect it had on their draft stock. If a player’s team isn’t playing for a national title, why risk your future earnings? The NCAA isn’t paying them.”

Somebody needs to ask Bob Bowlsby about that.  I mean, Greg Sankey’s “Clearly, this makes one attentive in a brand new way,” is hardly catchy.

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9 responses to ““If you are not a top pick, your ass better play in the [bowl] game.”

  1. Dawg1

    That’s why I skipped so many Econ classes at UGA! I was going pro and didn’t want to hurt my brain so ealry in the AM.

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    • The Dawg abides

      I was already a professional drinker, so Friday classes after a Thursday night match were a detriment to my recovery time for the weekend matches.

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  2. Macallanlover

    Interesting as we segregate the “top quality” players from the great unwashed since only the cream of the crop have insurance guaranteeing them a head start on life should they be injured playing in “meaningless” games, including regular season games. The above average lineman in CFB who will never see the “Fournette type” millions would lose all his NFL potential earnings but no one will allow him to sit out….or will they?

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    • How would you characterize Jake Butt, Mac? It seems to me his fate will have as much bearing on this trend as Fournette’s and McCaffrey’s have.

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      • Macallanlover

        Not sure how clear the economics of his “fall” are but he had a $2MM insurance policy which paid him about $540K tax free since he didn’t lose his ability to play totally. That seems like a light policy for someone that was expected to go in the Top 75 picks. It isn’t a science so who knows where he would have been drafted, or compensated but he had a previous ACL tear so he would have been considered a higher risk by both the insurance company and the NFL. My guess is there isn’t a great deal of loss involved, glad he had the policy and very glad he played in the game.

        Guess my position is about the same as it was for all players before this past season, draft eligible players should be allowed to acquire insurance policies commensurate with some formula based on their contract earning potential for a 4-5 year period. NCAA should not prohibit them from getting money from a bank, athletic department, or outside source to pay/borrow the premium costs. It should be for their 3rd, 4th, and 5th years including season and bowl games, IF they want the coverage. It’s a risk, they will still have to pay their premiums even if they aren’t drafted and not injured. I feel all healthy players should play in games where they are healthy. I don’t feel any distinction should be made between above average and elite players, all eligible for insurance protection.

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    • DawgPhan

      It is always energizing to see you come around on these topics, comrade. Your commitment to fairness and equality in college football in astounding. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need. Equality for all workers.

      viva la revolucion!

      viva la resistance!

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      • Macallanlover

        I have always been a proponent of fairness and equality, and fought hard for both in every circumstance. I don’t believe in “gun to the head” extortion though.

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  3. The Dawg abides

    I said at the time that if I was Gurley, I never would have come back after the screw job from the NCAA and McGarity. Never felt as sick over an injury watching him go down after just 3 1/2 quarters back. The injury didn’t seem to hurt his draft status in the long run, so telling McGarity to stick it up his tight ass and hiring an agent and shutting it down most likely wouldn’t have either. I can see a scenario in the future where agents, personal coaches, and trainers collaborate on a system to take a player after two years and hone them for the combine and draft. Especially at running back, where every carry they don’t get paid for takes away one where they could have been on the back end of their career. Guys like Gurley and Fournette had enough film and body of work after two seasons to solidify their status. All Fournette’s junior year did was raise questions of his duribility by the idiot talking heads.

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  4. A million dollar set of knees is a nice way to put it.

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