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We see it almost every season. A standout college football player decides to forgo his team’s bowl game to focus on getting ready for the NFL draft. There are points to be made on both sides. I’m going to talk about how I feel about it tonight and will invite your side of the story.
I believe that the player has every right to skip a bowl game. If he is expected to go quickly in the draft, why risk injury in a pointless game and potentially lose out on an NFL pay-day? It’s hardly anyone else’s decision to be made other than the player. It’s his career and his future.
There is more for a college coach to consider than there is for the player. He must consider what’s best for the team and the school. When his top player decides to sit out, it puts a lot of pressure on him strategy-wise. But, the coach is also responsible for the welfare of his players’ future. Most college players come in with the expectation to take a shot at the NFL. Very few actually make it, and being in the spotlight of a college game today may be the only shot a player may get to hit the next level.
A lot of NFL players have recently come out to say they think these players are soft. I would think that of all people, current and former players would understand the struggle necessary to get to where they got. I get it. Many think that players are being selfish at the time of year when they are fighting for a bowl win. They think that everyone has to play as a team, and that’s understandable.
We’ve got to put more emphasis on what’s best for the player. The player aspires for more, so why can’t his team help him get there? It’s a tough world in college. I never played college sports, but I can imagine it’s a difficult decision for anyone. When the school gives you a full ride to play football, many will argue that the player is obligated to suit up. Will we see future players be held under contract to prevent them from darting off to the NFL? It’s highly likely.
What do you think? Is it in the best interest to allow a player to skip out on their bowl game?