Ohio State star defensive end Nick Bosa to leave Ohio State to focus on the NFL Draft. Hopefully, this is the moment when star talents figure it out.
“But you know what the best part of my day is? It’s for about ten seconds from when I pull up to the curb to when I get to your door. Because I think maybe I’ll get up there and I’ll knock on the door and you won’t be there. No goodbye, no see you later, no nothin’. Just left. I don’t know much, but I know that.”
Ohio State superstar defensive end Nick Bosa has decided to withdraw for the Ohio State University and focus on getting ready for the NFL.
Bosa suffered an abdominal muscle injury early in this season and missed a the last several games. It was going to take a while for him to heal up, but he was expected to return to the Buckeyes this season and be a key part of the defense down the stretch in a likely run to the College Football Playoff.
Instead, he’s doing the right thing.
Let this finally be the moment it all finally kicks in for the superstar college football players who are also top NFL draft prospects.
It’s not only okay to leave early to go after your dream, the money, and all that comes with being an NFL player – if you’re a sure-thing first round talent – it’s the right thing.
And for all the missteps by Urban Meyer lately, this is exactly how you respond if you’re a head coach.
“I was hopeful that Nick would be able to return to play again for us,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “I know this was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for Nick and his family, and I wish him well as he moves on to get himself 100 percent healthy and ready for his next chapter. I want to thank Nick for the remarkable efforts he gave for this program. He is a first-class young man who we have been honored to coach.”
Ed Oliver, Rashan Gary, Dexter Lawrence, you shouldn’t play one more down of college football than you absolutely have to. Now, it has to extend beyond simply missing bowl games, and this needs to be the new norm.
It’s a game, it’s fun, but this is also a multi-million dollar business for the top draft prospects. Forgetting for a moment that the dream of the star football players is to play in the NFL, with the tens of millions of dollars that are waiting for them, why risk any of it by playing college football for a mere scholarship and meal money?
Of course I love college football. Of course I love seeing the top players do their thing. But I despise seeing a kid suffer an injury of any sort and seeing his dreams ruined or diminished, or losing money he he could’ve and would’ve been making if healthy. I also hate that they have no other real choice. There’s no minor league, and there’s no other option other than to go through the system.
Not everyone wants to go to college.
The system is skewed completely and totally to the side of the schools, the coaches, the conferences, the NCAA, and and the NFL. This is one of the few ways that players have some control, and as Bosa just showed, it’s possible to use it.
I know what’s coming.
Some are going to rip on the idea that the values of the players who want to leave early are skewed.
“It’s all about the money … what about a college degree?”
A player can always get his college degree, and more to the point, what’s the point of going to college? It’s to go through the experience to become a more well-rounded person, but it’s also to figure out what you want to do and become.
If you want to become a multi-millionaire football player, then going to college has accomplished that.
“But what about his teammates he’s letting down? What about the season and a possible Big Ten and national championship?”
If Bosa got hurt – even if it wasn’t something catastrophic, and he built up more proteins on the brain by playing more unpaid football than he had to – who’s paying him back if he loses money and his dream of being at the next level? How does he get that back?
Of course there are insurance policies, but those aren’t as cut-and-dry as you might think. And again, because of the way the system is set up – the whole three years out of high school rule to be draft eligible is ridiculous – who’s paying him back if he loses his dream?
College football is just fine. It’s still a great sport, the games are still going to be amazing, and we’re still going to have weekends like we just have if a few superstar talents are off going to be pros. Unlike basketball, the game really is bigger than the individual.
If you care about the kid. If you care about his future. If you care about what he really wants and what’s best for him financially and for what he wants, this is a happy day.
Well done, Nick Bosa. Congratulations.