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Helmets Off

Dec 24, 2017

There's an interesting trend happening.  High profile college players are sitting out their school bowl games.  In the past that would have been a crazy idea.  You don't sit out any game, let alone a bowl game.

About 60% of schools make it to a bowl game.  Even mediocre teams are invited to play a bowl game.  Helmets Off host Scott Mitchell never got the chance to go to a bowl game.  So he really thinks it's crazy players skip the game.

Now high value prospects are sitting out the game.  Some think that make you not a team player.  Others see it as their first business decision.  They have to think about their future as a pro football player.  College purists see it as a disgrace to tradition.

Scott left early from the University of Utah.  Now he wishes he had stayed.  He had a red shirt year left but he went and played professionally.

One risk players face in bowl games is injury.  You could have a pro career teed up but then get seriously injured in a post season bowl game.

There's a side of this where depending on the circumstances of the bowl game, maybe it's worth sitting out.  For the Arizona Bowl, The Heart of Dallas Bowl, or the Foster Farms bowl they may not be worth playing.

But in business you always have to understand their "why".  You prosper based on "why", not "how", or "what". The "why" is your center.  Why are you playing that game?  

College athletics is a once in a lifetime thing even though many see it as a business.  It's different for athletes.  Peyton Manning didn't have to stay in college.  He had done everything he could possibly do, but he stayed for his senior year.  He wanted to have the full experience and make the most of it.  He stayed.  He was the top pick in the NFL draft at the time but he stayed in college.

Staying in college was a risk for Manning.  Injury could have ruined his pro career.  Either way, postponing a year cost him millions of dollars in earnings.

Scott Mitchell takes his helmet off to show you the inside scoop of all kinds of sports from football to even golf. Scott Mitchell is a former NFL quarterback who was a star quarterback at the University of Utah before going on to have a professional career playing with the Miami Dolphins, the Orlando Thunder, the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens, and the Cincinnati Bengals. Scott also hosts the podcast Rivals with former NFL player Jason Buck.

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