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Why College Players give Up a Million Dollars

Apr 08 2008

Why College Players give Up a Million Dollars

    Wide-receiver James Johnson left the Georgia Tech team before Spring Ball began this year. This is the second time in his career that he has quit the Yellow Jackets. The last time this occurred, Head Coach Paul Johnson talked him into returning to the team.

    Johnson has been injured and that could be a reason that he is not returning for his senior year. Johnson struggled with a knee injury during his junior season last year. A spokesman for the team stated tendonitis in the knee as a reason for his departure.

    Johnson is one of the leading pass catchers in Georgia Tech history with 78 catches, 1240 yards and 9 touchdowns over three years. His sophomore year was his most productive with 608 yards and 7 touchdowns.

    Why do kids quit football before their eligibility is up? Sometimes it is stated that it is time to move on with their lives. This is the second possibility with Johnson. Do these players not understand how lucky they are to be able to play college football and have the chance to play in the NFL? For anyone over the age of 26, it becomes obvious quickly that earning a million dollars a year isn’t a cakewalk and playing a game for a living is the closest thing.

    Maybe Johnson wasn’t going to be a top pick with his current stats but with a senior year like his sophomore year, he would have been drafted and paid well.

    In Columbus Ohio a defensive end by the name of Alex Barrow did the same thing this past season. He didn’t transfer. He didn’t declare for the NFL, he just left. Now Borrow doesn’t have NFL stats and he would have to dominate his senior year to get drafted. But Buckeye Head Coach Jim Tressel favors seniors and Barrow would get into the rotation in addition to having two camps to prove that he belonged on the field.

    The next player that leaves a college program without a very good reason should ask someone 10 years older if they would do the same thing. I am sure that the answer would be “Stay on the team!”


      
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