“We would like to… professionalize him right away, be our Joe Namath.”

Trevor Lawrence, the Pacific Pro Football League wants you.

Yee added that there could be endorsements for the young quarterback as part of the deal.

“Adidas is one of our founding sponsors, and I think they might want to make him an endorsement proposal. He would be professional and he would learn an NFL-style game with us before he declares for the (NFL) draft.”

Current NFL rules dictate that a player must be at least three years removed from high school to enter the draft, which wouldn’t make Lawrence eligible until the 2021 NFL draft.

In addition to potential endorsements, Lawrence would be eligible for the rest of the Pacific Pro Football League’s benefits.

“Players will receive a salary, benefits, and even paid tuition and books for one year at community college,” the League website says. “Players also will be able to market themselves for compensation, and begin creating a financial retirement plan if they so choose. Pacific Pro’s top priority will be the proper development of the player, on and off the field, using professional protocols.

Does Lawrence feel like pioneering?  Would Clemson allow itself to be outbid for his services?  (I keed, I keed… I think.)  Doubtful.

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19 responses to ““We would like to… professionalize him right away, be our Joe Namath.”

  1. IPTAY will not be outbid, period.

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    Think about it. The Lovely and Talented Trevor Lawrence is a West Coast natural. He’ll take Hollywood by storm.

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  3. Bulldog Joe

    Broadway Joe ain’t got nothin’ on Tinseltown Trevor.

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  4. Macallanlover

    Let this happen. Don’t think it will, but someone has to break ranks with the NFL and get a minor league started; it could be the best chance for a savior CFB will have. Not all of the top athletes coming out of HS would disregard the collegiate opportunity (including a degree for security) for the immediate “money, money, money”, but is might release the pressure off the situation. People who don’t want to “be there” create problems for those who do, whether it be just an attitude, or a distraction. Run Trevor, run.

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  5. Atticus

    Trump did it with HW34………(smh)

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    • David H.

      Walter Duncan was the owner of the New Jersey Generals when they signed Herschel in early 1983. Trump bought the Generals in September 1983 after that first USFL (spring) season.

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  6. ASEF

    Adidas just needs to throw $100 mill at him. Let IPTAY outbid that.

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  7. Durtydawg

    I’ve mentioned this do many times on different blogs. One day a league will come along that doesn’t require an age limit. They will write checks! And although we can talk about the value of an education all we want, at the end of the day these kids come to these universities to get to the league. Especially the blue chip athletes. If that check is big enough somebody will take that money and never look back. Also, with the ability to take online classes they could easily doing that to say you can get paid and still pursue a degree online. We will give you time to do both! All they needed was a sponsor with deep pockets. College football says we are not training kids for the NFL. Ok, well somebody will see that opening and take advantage. Money always talks and to some of these kids who live in this world where everything is about optics an education is not a priority. That’s just being honest.

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      “Money talks” is the whole argument both in favor of and against your post. Until a league that isn’t the NFL can find a way to actually turn a profit, then none of what you posited above will happen. If a league can finally find a way to be financially viable and still pay decent salaries, then everything you’ve said will come true. But nobody is gonna sponsor a league that loses money, at least not for very long.

      As for me, I just don’t see it happening. As much as we love football, I just don’t think there’s enough of an appetite out there for TV to pony up the money required to actually make a minor league football thing work. And fans aren’t gonna pay high ticket prices to pack out these stadiums. Maybe if a league can find a way to incorporate gambling money into the equation then they can make it work, but as many times as we’ve seen these little leagues pop up and fail, I just don’t see it working in the future either. But, we will see.

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      • Reverend, nail -> head.

        I would never go watch minor league football. Those who are thinking about this believe people pay to watch college football because of the players. In the fans’ case, the front of the jersey does matter a whole lot more than the names on the back.

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  8. Chopdawg

    Hope Lawrence jumps!…because I really want to buy a Trevor Lawrence jersey, and I bet his PPFL jersey will cost a whole lot less than his Clemson Tigers jersey does.

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  9. FlyingPeakDawg

    May not be Lawrence coming off a natty and stable coaching situation, but suppose Saban just announced his retirement…I could easily see a player like Tua (when he was a freshman) taking a gig like that to avoid the coaching turmoil, and then the flood gates will open until the league flames out from lack of interest as they all eventually do. Would that move the NFL off the 3 year rule? Maybe. If they keep losing eyeballs and think younger talent would increase interest especially if free agency reigns in CFB and the new pro league shows some initial modest success.

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    • Would that move the NFL off the 3 year rule?

      The way I read Don Yee’s comments, that new league sees itself as a developmental league more than anything, Namath comparisons aside.

      If that’s really its intended role, it’s the worst possible combination for schools — a league that bleeds off their top talent and still leaves the NFL’s three-year rule intact.

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      • Macallanlover

        If there is serious financing to back the offers, it might work. If it did, I can see the NFL swooping in and protecting their future by either financially backing the development league, or dropping the 3 year rule. It amazes me it has been adhered too this long anyway, especially withstanding court challenges.

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        • Why would the NFL provide financial backing to a development league? Again, it would reap the benefit w/o the expense.

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        • The 3 year rule is the result of collective bargaining between the NFLPA and the league. Since the league has an antitrust exemption, its rules are pretty much untouchable.

          It’s exactly what the NCAA wants to keep Kessler from burning the system to the ground.

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        • FlyingPeakDawg

          I don’t see the new league getting the eyeballs needed to sustain life after 2 – 3 seasons. If it is popular, the NFL would likely snuff it out if they figure it’s devaluing their product in any way. They may also see any popularity due to some of these younger stars who have skipped college and see it might stir more interest in their product which may be on the decline. Dropping the 3 year rule would kill the new league and steal those stars/fan interest.

          If the new league fails on its own, the NFL owners will just smile and continue about their business.

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