Ohio State linebacker chooses law school over the NFL

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  1. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

  2. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

  3. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    His father has a very successful law practice, and he was accepted to some pretty good law schools (Florida, U of Miami), so at least he knows he has a job upon graduation.
     
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Go to law school. Concentrate on contract law. Become a sports agent. When you get to be 50 your brain will still be working.
     
  5. NorCal

    NorCal Active Member

    Same could be said for Pat Tillman, with the amount of money earned not even a consideration. . .
     
  6. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    I'd say play NFL for a couple of seasons, then take the $ and run. Law School paid for; house paid for; contacts made in the League ... win/win.
     
  7. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Here is someone that made it work -

    Professional careerCulpepper was a tenth round selection (264th overall pick) in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings,[9] and he played for the Vikings from 1992 to 1993,[10] the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1994 to 1999,[11] and the Chicago Bears in 2000.[12] In his nine-year professional career, Culpepper played in 131 games, started eighty-three of them,[1] and recorded thirty-four quarterback sacks and one safety.[13]

    [edit] Life after footballCulpepper is now a trial lawyer for the Culpepper Kurland law firm in Tampa, Florida.[14] Since his retirement, Culpepper has spoken out about his concerns regarding the increasing size of NFL players; he believes that the increasing number of 300-pound players is "unnatural and unsafe" and has led to many serious health problems. During his football career, Culpepper inflated his weight to 280 pounds; after he retired from professional football, he lost almost 100 pounds.[15]

    Brad Culpepper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  8. Personally, I think this would be the better option. This was on ESPN. Both analyst thought that his chances of making the team were "at best" slim to known.
     
  9. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    Commentary from Above the Law, one of the most popular blogs for lawyers:

     
  10. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    On the other hand, attorney Brad Culpepper has apparently had some second thoughts about his previous career, as football player Brad Culpepper. He filed a lawsuit against the NFL earlier this month:

     
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  11. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    You only need to play in the NFL for 3 seasons to get a lifetime pension. Law school will always be there, but the opportunity at an NFL career won't be, nor will be a lifetime pension since that concept continues to shrink towards extinction. I'd wager that his decision has a lot to do with his belief that he had little or no shot and he didn't want to risk failure. It's a common defense mechanism: find every reason not to do something you really want to do, in order to avoid the pain or embarrassment of failing... but this can only be assumed with the assumption that he still loves the game. So if he lost that love (and it does happen), then it's best for him not to pursue it for that reason alone.
     
  12. -kevin-

    -kevin- Resident Redneck

  13. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    I have nothing but utmost respect for this gentleman - he had a vision and he followed it... a lot of hard work got him to where he is.
     
  14. Steve Young (and he has been hit several times) went on to obtain his JD after his football career ended.
     
  15. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    He certainly did, as a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Supreme Court.

    It's interesting to note how the game has changed since his pro career, which lasted from 1967 to 1981, mostly as a defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings. His official playing weight was 245 lbs, which was clearly big enough at the time.

    For comparison, the defensive tackles on today's Vikings roster range from 283 to 311 pounds. The hits really are bigger today.
     
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  16. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Multiple concussions ended his career....it's going to be interesting how well he ages.
     
  17. True. He still managed to complete a JD from BYU. If I had the choice between the two I would rather be Steve Young. Will he have some issue getting older with the number of concussions he has had? Probably so. Pat Summit was diagnosed with early-onset Dementia and never took a NFL hit in her life.
     
  18. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    More specifically, Ms. Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's, which is one form of dementia. The causes of Alzheimer's are not known, but it does not seem to have anything do with head injuries.

    The concern in the NFL is with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which also causes dementia. There is no doubt that CTE is associated with repeated concussions and sub-concussions.
     
  19. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    It's definitely a crapshoot, but the number of former NFL players who develop dementia or other neurological disorders such as ALS is frightening;

    John Mackey and other retired NFL players experience living hell - NFL - Sporting News
     
  20. True it is a crapshoot. I would have to agree that the NFL players with this disorder is very sad and frightening story. A lot of those cases are "back in the day" football. This current league is attempting (whether successful or not is yet to be determined) to become a less "lethal" league. Several players in the past have reported of "playing through concussions"...o_O...that's become(ing) taboo. That's another thing that time will tell on.

    I did a little more research on this kid. Apparently he has had 3 concussions in his collegiate career. Even though I think the chances of him acquiring more concussions during his NFL career (due depth chart issues, etc...) are slim. With 3 concussions (one being "serious"), I don't understand why he even considered the NFL.
     

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