Bill Cosby could have a field day with some of the numbskulls that are currently in or spurning the NFL.
Getting drafted is great; heck, just the phone call inviting a guy out to camp would be enough for most guys. It would mean that you still had a fighting chance to continue living the dream. However, for one guy, the phone call just was not good enough. Scott Sicko not only got the call from one team, but from multiple, and he decided to turn them all down.
“If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much longer career in the NFL,” Sicko said in an interview with the Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union newspaper. “I have to look at my life and decide what will make me the happiest. And the thing that will make me the happiest now and in the long run is to pursue my education.”(Yahoo)
What makes the decisions a bit perplexing is that he had a pretty good chance to make it in the NFL. Rated #402 on Fox Sports draft tracker, it would have been surprising to see him get drafted, but he should have been expecting numerous phone calls like he got.
Every year there are hundreds of quality players that go undrafted; teams only have so many picks, yet they are wide open as to how many they wish to invite to camp. What Sicko, who is from the football powerhouse of New Hampshire, is failing to realize is that just because a team does not draft you does not mean they do not value you. In fact, getting drafted does not mean your chances of making the final cut are any better than undrafted players.
What will really make many players sick about Sicko is the opportunity that he turned down. Two Super Bowl contenders showed interest in the tight end, Dallas and the Jets. His agent had even agreed to a deal with the Cowboys, but Sicko has declined it.
Sicko must have something up his sleeve or be in for a rude awakening later in life when he realizes what a huge mistake he made. However, there is another which rival his intelligence level.
LeGarrette Blount should be ecstatic to be on any NFL roster let alone have the audacity to spurn one for another. Yet somehow this guy was able to do just that.
This is a guy who has been nothing but a trouble making piece of work for a good chunk of his relevant football life. A quality player in junior college, he constantly butted heads with his head coach, Mike Belloti, at Oregon, to the point where he was suspended indefinitely at the end of the season. Had Belloti’s tenure not ended he may have never gotten another chance. New coach Chip Kelly came in and must have figured what the heck.
Boy was he ever proven wrong. In case you’re the rare football fan that never watches SportsCenter , in the first game of the 2009 season, a loss to Boise State, he punched a Boise State player after the game. He went onto punch one of his teammates in the head (who was trying to help him) and had to be physically restrained from going after fans. He deserved a suspension for the rest of the season like he received (if only the team had followed through)
This guy has already proven that he is not that bright, and going to a Tennessee team looking to start a third year player in Chris Johnson, who is arguably also the best running back in the NFL, proves that fact even more. At least with the 49ers, the team that he had agreed to sign with, Blount would have a better chance of playing. Frank Gore is not old, but he is not exactly a spring chicken these days either; Glenn Coffee did not exactly blow people away either.
Instead, he proves how immature and unreliable he is by flipping from a team he could have played for to one he will likely never see the field for. Nice move.
Kids really do the darndest things after all.
Beer: Maybe Blount’s problem in Oregon was the fact that he had too much of the good stuff from the Hair of the Dog Brewery in Portland, Oregon; maybe he even wished that Doggie Claws were Blount’s Blades or something. Anyway…too much of this barley wine could make any man a little crazy (at 11.5%ABV). A nice combination of malts and hops make this strong brew surprisingly tasty and easy to drink.