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Player goes undrafted, says no thanks to teams

Can you retire without ever getting drafted?

UNH tight end Scott Sicko essentially did that Saturday after he failed to get taken on day three of the draft.  He had numerous offers from teams such as the Jaguars and Jets.  His agents even had a deal agreed to with the Cowboys at one point.

But Sicko surprised his agents and the Cowboys with his response.

If he wasn’t drafted, he didn’t want to play football.  The Cowboys tried to personally appeal to Sicko, but it didn’t work.

“If I were to be drafted I would have had more confidence of a much
longer career in the NFL,” Sicko told the Albany Times-Union. “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.”

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  1. pghguyy33 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:38 PM

    how bout purseing your education with some money in your pocket? been hit in the head to much?

  2. robert ethan says: Apr 24, 2010 10:38 PM

    Sicko

  3. chem says: Apr 24, 2010 10:38 PM

    Smart move.

  4. TheToolofTools says: Apr 24, 2010 10:40 PM

    “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.”
    Now this is one smart dude !

  5. BenRoethilsberger says: Apr 24, 2010 10:41 PM

    He just didn’t want to play for Jerriatric & the Cowgirls.
    Can’t say I blame him.

  6. thesaint257 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:41 PM

    so you turn down a chance to make a team, esp, one of the calliber of the Cowboys just because you got your feelings hurt.
    KISS MY ASS

  7. FreeAgentPro says: Apr 24, 2010 10:41 PM

    He is probably smart not to agree to be used as training camp fodder and then discarded if he has more worthwhile ambitions in life.

  8. Bucforever says: Apr 24, 2010 10:42 PM

    Good for him!

  9. TXHC says: Apr 24, 2010 10:42 PM

    Probably a good decision if Dallas wanted him. He plays TE. No way he would get any playing time.

  10. G MACK says: Apr 24, 2010 10:43 PM

    get some money, then go back to school,whata dumb fukkc

  11. rockotica says: Apr 24, 2010 10:43 PM

    i would do anything i could to get out of New Hampshire, the South of the North.

  12. Fievel says: Apr 24, 2010 10:43 PM

    Moron. School will always be there for him. The opportunity to make a living by playing a game is extremely rare.

  13. pramis123 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:44 PM

    He made the right choice, because obviously he does not love football enough if this is his attitude to make a team, much less have a career. Congrats to him for having realized it and been honest with himself and everyone else.

  14. marktg30 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:45 PM

    Apparently he isn’t educated enough to realize how much money he could make if he simply makes a team in the NFL… What a moron.

  15. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:45 PM

    Who would want to play for the cowgurls?

  16. Seeryer says: Apr 24, 2010 10:46 PM

    Pursue your education after you cash a check 17 weeks a year for as long as you can. The Jags brought your ass to Jacksonville and they didn’t have a 7th round pick. You don’t have the want to it takes to make it in the league anyway, it seems these teams made the right decision. Tell John Randle about a long career without being drafted.

  17. elways_jock says: Apr 24, 2010 10:46 PM

    education ?? ………….. dumbass.

  18. efangule says: Apr 24, 2010 10:46 PM

    Smart man to stay away from the death spiral that is the 1-7boys.

  19. robert ethan says: Apr 24, 2010 10:47 PM

    Who wants to go through life knowing they are more irrelevent than Timmy Toone?
    Not Scott Sicko.

  20. s.martin17 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:48 PM

    What a JACKASS!! Can I take his spot??

  21. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: Apr 24, 2010 10:49 PM

    Good for him. I hope he doesn’t regret his decision a few years from now.

  22. Pinoy31AP says: Apr 24, 2010 10:49 PM

    This shows now work ethic and heart to pursue a dream of being an NFL player…. The league is better without this scrub.

  23. Simer03 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:49 PM

    what an idiot…..lol jk!! good for him to take a stand!

  24. wildstile says: Apr 24, 2010 10:50 PM

    Sick name! He is just wanting some publicity, he will be on someones squad by next week

  25. mzezulak says: Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM

    Grow up, get over it and take the opportunity most people only dream of

  26. Slow Joe says: Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM

    His Hall of Fame chances just took a huge hit.

  27. kazkal says: Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM

    Munoz’s son retired because no one drafted him.

  28. Hooby says: Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM

    makes sense. theres no point in getting paid like 500 thousand dollars just to run a few routes and blocking assignments in training camp with the slight chance of getting a long term deal if you work hard enough, paving the way for even more money and possible national fame. but screw that, education will pave the way for a…job interview. sweet.
    this idiot needs to reshape his priorities

  29. DnBrnc says: Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM

    If he wants to be a High School or Jr. High teacher, I wish him luck, but if he wants to be a College Professor, I would tell him to go to the NFL and the Cowboys instead. College is a scam for most people, and he would just be contributing to the lie that a college education is today. A Bachelor’s Degree is the new High School Diploma.

  30. MooninLambeau says: Apr 24, 2010 10:51 PM

    jeepers ya gotta question his heart for football and his work ethic in the first place—- good pass by all teams then.

  31. SixburghSteelers says: Apr 24, 2010 10:52 PM

    Pride is a Mutha….

  32. 90ragtop says: Apr 24, 2010 10:52 PM

    What a putz.

  33. BasicInstinct says: Apr 24, 2010 10:53 PM

    Bravo!
    Now go flip hamburgers…..

  34. Krow says: Apr 24, 2010 10:53 PM

    Too funny. F you NFL… hahahahaha. Good for him.

  35. papasmurf4821 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:54 PM

    Never have I ever… I’ve never commented before however I need to give much props to this guy. Knowing the difference between reality and hope takes for a intelligent individual and realizing the truth and where his future lies may be difficul when his hope is only fingertips away…

  36. theReapercalls says: Apr 24, 2010 10:56 PM

    I think i smell a bruised ego. this douche needs to get over himself and untuck his genitals from between his legs and man up!!!

  37. 6x Steel Champions says: Apr 24, 2010 10:56 PM

    How stupid can u be? another example of a ego getting the best of a player….There’s nothing wrong with furthering your education but he’s missing out on a once in a life time opportunity because he wasn’t drafted.

  38. DirtyBird06 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:58 PM

    Good for him! I know of a guy, really close to me, who did the exact same thing. His decision to lean on his education and turn his back on football came as a complete shock, but I loved his rationnel; “I won’t let these guys jerk me around and mess my life up. I’m smart enough to lean on my degree…”

  39. rkell21 says: Apr 24, 2010 10:58 PM

    The great irony is, maybe he could have gotten drafted if he wasn’t so f’in retard. But since he is, he won’t get drafted.
    “Oh I didn’t get drafted? so instead of signing somewhere as a free agent at the league minimum of 750k, i’ll just be a longshoreman in New Jersey for 35k! That’ll show em!”

  40. rjsjr says: Apr 24, 2010 11:00 PM

    I’d love to have a word with this guy. This is the equivalent of someone deciding not to pursue a career in engineering because he had to interview more than seven times.
    That’s great that you want to pursue your education, in the mean time why don’t you look around you and realize how fortunate you are to get an offer to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in the short term.
    A little perspective could do this guy some good.

  41. billsfanaddict says: Apr 24, 2010 11:01 PM

    Hey! Buddy! ya got about the same chance as a UDFA as you would if you were pick in rounds 5-7! good luck w/that ::snickers:: education, your gonna need it. alla my college educated (myself included) friends have careers in the field of their majors dontcha know, hahahahahaha

  42. shiftyshellshocked says: Apr 24, 2010 11:02 PM

    John Randle went undrafted.

  43. SC21 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:02 PM

    You commenters are idiots who have no idea how the NFL works. His chances of making a team as an UDFA are incredibly small, and thats the only way he would get paid. Until the season starts these guys don’t make jack! They are basically interns who get a per diem to be used as practice dummies and then get cut before the season starts. The idea that 500K was a lock for this kid or any UDFA is stupid and naive. Especially considering that isn’t nearly what a rookie makes.
    He’s a smart kid who knows his time is better spent elsewhere. Good for him.

  44. thecrazytomato says: Apr 24, 2010 11:04 PM

    Most likely this guy would have been cut before the season began anyways. At least this way he gets a jump start on finishing his education. Good on him.

  45. SC21 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:05 PM

    @ Hooby
    You’re ignorant. Those guys don’t get paid 500k for going to camp. They get a per diem of like 50 bucks. The money comes if and only if you make the team, in which case you live week to week.
    As for all you dissing his education, he clearly already has his bachelors if he was draft eligible from UNH. He probably wants to pursue grad, law or medical school. Good luck to him.

  46. jonathan fire*eater says: Apr 24, 2010 11:06 PM

    # pghguyy33 says: April 24, 2010 10:38 PM
    how bout purseing your education with some money in your pocket? been hit in the head to much?
    At least he will be able to spell most basic words correctly.

  47. ItalianArmyGuy says: Apr 24, 2010 11:08 PM

    PURSUE YOUR EDUCATION???? Crazy! This guy needs some of that good-old mandatory Goodell-enforced NFL neuropsych testing and a bit of “behavioral adjustment”.
    Once he completes his league-mandated “counseling”, he’ll see the light.
    As Aldous Huxley once wrote about the NFL Commissioner’s behavioral adjustment policies in his little-known book “1984″ – “”There are three stages in your reintegration…. There is learning, there is understanding, and there is acceptance”.
    At the end, Scott Sicko (appropriately named by the way), with the help of various medications and a bit of electroshock will appreciate that the NFL is more important than some silly college education. “There will be nothing left in him except sorrow for what he has done, and the love of Big Brother [Goodell]. It will be touching to see how much he loves Big Brother”.

  48. tombrookshire says: Apr 24, 2010 11:09 PM

    How refreshing!!!! This kid has his priorities right. No guarantees in the NFL, esp. for free agents. No more than training camp fodder and then cut, so why get too jacked up over it. Finish school and pursue your career. Hope there are no regrets for not trying.

  49. QB_of_the_Future says: Apr 24, 2010 11:09 PM

    Izzat REALLY his last name? REALLY?

  50. WhoDey_Man says: Apr 24, 2010 11:10 PM

    pretty sure munoz’s knees were shot.

  51. kovvboyzfan says: Apr 24, 2010 11:10 PM

    That edumacation ain’t gonna pay for itself. He better sign a rookie contract and get that guaranteed 400 dollar signing bonus.

  52. CheersAdam says: Apr 24, 2010 11:10 PM

    # Slow Joe says: April 24, 2010 10:51 PM
    His Hall of Fame chances just took a huge hit.
    LOL Best comment in a minute.

  53. Shank says: Apr 24, 2010 11:10 PM

    His heart is in the right place. Scotty m’boy, there are a lot of undrafted free agents who come into the league make money and get their degrees. Look at Samkon Gado…played games, rushed for a few hundred yards when asked to, made bank and was working on going to Med School.
    It’s doable man…you just have to believe.

  54. pumpf says: Apr 24, 2010 11:11 PM

    Hey, losers! All you do is bitch about greedy athletes… and then when one of them shows that money doesn’t really matter, you bitch about that too!
    Why don’t you just admit that you (who are attacking this dude) are just jock-sniffers who sit around, balancing beer on their guts talking about how great they could’ve been, if only…
    If any of you had lives of your own that you could be proud of, maybe you wouldn’t be so quick to criticize others… for choosing not to play football. Its not like the guy raped anyone or shot anyone… he chose not to play football.
    Oh the horror! (roll eyes)

  55. JDUBZALWAYSRIGHT says: Apr 24, 2010 11:12 PM

    What a moron, the Cowboys personally offer you money to play a game and you dont take it? Tony Romo undrafted and I think he’s got a pretty set career.

  56. spdy3450 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:13 PM

    Lol slow Joe !

  57. GiantsDefenseRules says: Apr 24, 2010 11:14 PM

    Good for him for making his decision now, but I guess his “dream” to play in the NFL wasn’t as strong as others.
    Undrafted:
    Nick Harper
    Antonio Pierce
    Adewale Ogunleye
    Ryan Grant
    Bart Scott
    Brian Waters
    London Fletcher
    Jason Peters
    Jake Delhomme
    Pat Williams
    Adam Vinetieri
    Jeff Saturday
    Wayne Chrebet
    Jeff Garcia
    Willie Parker
    Wes Welker
    James Harrison
    Tony Romo
    Priest Holmes
    Antonio Gates
    Rod Smith
    John Randle
    Kurt Warner
    Warren Moon
    They obviouly had a stronger dream than sicko!!!
    (Bleacher Reprt – top undrafted rookies)

  58. Skins2Win says: Apr 24, 2010 11:14 PM

    He’ll regret it a few years from now. I know someone who had a similar situation, and 10 years later he is still regretting not trying out for a team when he was asked back.

  59. smo05d says: Apr 24, 2010 11:14 PM

    Good for him. He’ll make his money – and then be able to keep it later.

  60. danphxariz says: Apr 24, 2010 11:14 PM

    Stupid. Even if he gets cut quickly, take the money and use it to help pay for your education and support you while you finish. Guess his mom never taught him not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

  61. joshmassey says: Apr 24, 2010 11:16 PM

    He obviously wanted the chance to win playoff games.

  62. kovvboyzfan says: Apr 24, 2010 11:16 PM

    He is a history major for crying out loud. He better go to the NFL.

  63. DB26 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:17 PM

    What do you say? You want to applaud, but at the same time your thinking, what a pompous prick. Your confidence and pride? Seriously. Hopefully some employer doesn’t recall this article when interviewing him. “So, Scott, I see that when the going got tough the going beat the shit out of you”. I guess I would say, good luck? But your definitely heartless.

  64. blitzburgh1 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:19 PM

    Probably the best decision he’ll ever make. I wish him the best.

  65. Klytus says: Apr 24, 2010 11:20 PM

    Bwaahh! No body drafted me so I’m going home! As though pursuing a football career will stop him from getting his education. It sounds more his heart isn’t in it to begin with.
    GO STEELERS!

  66. downsouth49er says: Apr 24, 2010 11:22 PM

    Now that’s what I call one big ass EGO…what a douche

  67. blmonroe12 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:24 PM

    Awesome, some one who is truly a college athlete.. Good for you buddy…

  68. spdy3450 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:25 PM

    Got a feeling that in a few years when this guy is working as a lawyer or a Doctor he’ll be having the last laugh at all you retards that are criticizing him for not playing on diffrent practice squads from year to year. This kid may love football but he’s smart enough to have his priorities straight.

  69. funi says: Apr 24, 2010 11:26 PM

    Sicko’s ageant: Hey Scott Dallas is on the line!
    Sicko: I want to win a superbowl within 15 years and if its them I am retiring!

  70. ShackDeezNutz says: Apr 24, 2010 11:28 PM

    Every time this kid hears about undrafted free agents making a career for themselves, I hope he makes himself sick from here on out. John Randle is a Hall of Famer…how about if he just said, “Screw it,” and quit? F’ing crazy.

  71. ninjapleazee says: Apr 24, 2010 11:29 PM

    idiot. why not go for the experience and make some money…
    but i would rock a jersey that says SICKO

  72. Youngone says: Apr 24, 2010 11:31 PM

    Bunch of haters on PFT.

  73. rom78 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:32 PM

    scott sicko in the head, or scott fing moron

  74. Wags15 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:34 PM

    smart choice by this kid…cause there is nobody in this league right now especially on the Cowboys roster that is making it big while being an undrafted free agent…

  75. mann1976 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:35 PM

    idiot

  76. rbais2 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:37 PM

    idiot!!!

  77. Raider Pride says: Apr 24, 2010 11:39 PM

    Greg Rosenthal did the exact same thing after he did not get a “Call Back” from three Simi Valley California Porn Film Auditions.
    He got his education… And now he is a writer for P.F.T.
    They both made the right decision.
    (Actually I like Greg’s talent as a writer… I just figured he should get some of the same S*HIT Florio gets from the PFT Masses.)

  78. AdamEagle5 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:43 PM

    Dumb. He could have been training camp fodder and went home with a few dozen grand for a few months work and used that money to pursue the best education money can buy. Clearly this guy needs one!

  79. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Apr 24, 2010 11:44 PM

    Even worse than that Buffalo Bill lineman Brad Butler retiring while still young, at least he made some money. Sicko has a chance to do the hot rich blonde and refuses ‘cos she’s already done plenty of guys from Sarasota to Saskatchewan. Get what you can when you can, dumbass, because Ben Assaultlisberger is a few shots away from hitting it while she be woozy.

  80. NilesBrowns says: Apr 24, 2010 11:44 PM

    The minimum salary for rookie or first-year players is $275,000; second year is $350,000.
    Good luck getting that in an entry level job, but it is up to you, Sicko.

  81. BillsFan27 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:45 PM

    Hey, I went undrafted… can I have his opportunity?

  82. Diomedes says: Apr 24, 2010 11:47 PM

    smart kid

  83. doworkci says: Apr 24, 2010 11:47 PM

    psh u know what a guy on the practice field makes? Not much money in those pockets, ask my boy Tyrone Timmons (now with the Tampa Bay Storm), It’s a crazy but smart move. Also shows his passion for the game.

  84. Sting Ray says: Apr 24, 2010 11:47 PM

    Smart man.
    The personal appeals mean nothing. It’s a business and unless they are offering terms that give him a lot of money up front to put his life on hold for football, he’d likely be hung out to dry.

  85. Coach Stram says: Apr 24, 2010 11:47 PM

    Idiot.

  86. bigstorm says: Apr 24, 2010 11:50 PM

    Probably comes from a family with money and couldn’t be bothered.
    Love it…..
    Cowboys? Nigga please.

  87. SC21 says: Apr 24, 2010 11:52 PM

    @ Danphxariz
    What money? You don’t make jack until you sign an actual contact and the season starts? Camp guys get next to nothing, and after expenses they might pocket a few hundred bucks a week.

  88. God's Own Silver and Blue says: Apr 24, 2010 11:52 PM

    (in Ted Knight’s voice)
    The world needs ditch diggers too.

  89. FumbleNuts says: Apr 24, 2010 11:53 PM

    Sicko should go on with his education and work in a psych ward.

  90. Tombradysbaby says: Apr 24, 2010 11:57 PM

    Someone hand this guy a spoon to shovel out the sand in his vagina.

  91. abc says: Apr 24, 2010 11:57 PM

    I also went un-drafted this year . . . so I’ll have to stay in school too.

  92. polishkingski says: Apr 25, 2010 12:00 AM

    this dude is the man! what a fxxkin pick up line, “you know i was asked to play pro football but turned it down” i`m more of a sensitive type, say i love the way those heels look on you, wanna come over for a drink? good for him!

  93. kosarsmyidol says: Apr 25, 2010 12:03 AM

    With the way the job market is, I’d sign up to be Tony Romo’s ballwasher…

  94. robert ethan says: Apr 25, 2010 12:09 AM

    Maybe he’s just holding out until the end of training camp to spare himself the grind.

  95. Ponch77 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:14 AM

    Everyone loves the Anti-Hero.

  96. Puzfan51 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:17 AM

    I never understand why people feel the need to comment on how others live their lives. The dude didnt want to end up on a practice squad and decided to go teach. Good for him. He’ll do a lot more for people teaching then he would ever do being a name on a roster.

  97. Sparrowhawk says: Apr 25, 2010 12:19 AM

    “# SC21 says: April 24, 2010 11:02 PM
    You commenters are idiots who have no idea how the NFL works. His chances of making a team as an UDFA are incredibly small, and thats the only way he would get paid. Until the season starts these guys don’t make jack! They are basically interns who get a per diem to be used as practice dummies and then get cut before the season starts. The idea that 500K was a lock for this kid or any UDFA is stupid and naive. Especially considering that isn’t nearly what a rookie makes.
    He’s a smart kid who knows his time is better spent elsewhere. Good for him.”
    Cut and paste because more of you need to read the truth. Unbelievable that so many posters know so little about how NFL training camps work. Putting his life on hold to have bragging rights that he was a tackling dummy for the Cowboys for a few weeks. Come on, people.

  98. Dougesfeo says: Apr 25, 2010 12:22 AM

    “how bout purseing your education with some money in your pocket? been hit in the head to much?”
    Obviously you’re not “pursueing” your education.
    Takes a lot of balls to turn down money in search for happiness. Applauded.

  99. danielcp0303 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:25 AM

    Jason Witten, Bennett and John Phillips all playing ahead of him…he would have no shot anyway

  100. Howie Handles says: Apr 25, 2010 12:26 AM

    “so you turn down a chance to make a team, esp, one of the calliber of the Cowboys just because you got your feelings hurt.
    KISS MY ASS”
    ————————
    In what aisle will he find you working at Walmart?

  101. Gunther69 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:33 AM

    Good for him. Don’t sell your soul to the NFL. Go do something else.

  102. QJ1984 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:33 AM

    Dude its not like your going to make the team. Go to training camp and earn that free money. Then when you get cut take it and run. Hell use it to pay for your education.

  103. spdy3450 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:35 AM

    Kosarsmyidol we really did not need to hear about your sexual preference.

  104. .Vox Veritas. says: Apr 25, 2010 12:35 AM

    “Who would want to play for the cowgurls?”
    Forget who WANTS to play for them. There’s not a Redskins player that could even make the Cowboys’ roster.

  105. Razorback67 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:35 AM

    Look, if you can’t afford a posse like Big Ben’s, is it really smart to play in the NFL nowadays? I mean, can he really afford to expose himself to some smoking under-age hottie hopping on his junk in a night club in Dallas?!?!? Kudos for thinking this through Sicko!

  106. se18a29 says: Apr 25, 2010 12:41 AM

    Brilliant! Screw the rest of you materialistic morons…

  107. BSPN says: Apr 25, 2010 12:54 AM

    Young people can be so stupid.
    Opportunity of a lifetime…gone.

  108. BT says: Apr 25, 2010 1:05 AM

    Another Undrafted Free Agent;
    Minnesota Vikings
    #59 HEATH FARWELL
    Linebacker/Special Teams
    2009 NFC Pro Bowl
    Special Teams

  109. bigbolt says: Apr 25, 2010 1:17 AM

    Nice job, kid. The rest of these jackassses on this board don’t get it. This is a capitalist country. You need to follow whatever path is going to take care of you and your family. You were going to get cut by the Cowboys anyways. Go to Grad School and take care of your family. Most of the posters on this site criticizing this are flipping burgers themselves and have NO concept of what a higher education means or is. They can keep smoking bowls and watching Lost re-runs on their buddies couch.

  110. Hooby says: Apr 25, 2010 1:30 AM

    @SC21
    a per diem of 50 dollars is actually below the minimum contract value of any nfl player. read your literature. if dallas offered him a contract, he isnt a practice squad player, he would be a legit full time player. dont call me ignorant when as it turns out, you dont know anything

  111. Heardsky says: Apr 25, 2010 1:35 AM

    Must have a job lined up with Goldman Sachs.

  112. I didn't hear no bell. says: Apr 25, 2010 1:55 AM

    If you want to play football, you will take any opportunity to play. The truth is it’s not always about the money. It can be about being an elite athlete in the most popular sport in America and clearly he doesn’t.
    The fact that he wasn’t drafted and chose to pursue higher education are simply poor excuses for justifying his decision. Deep down inside, he knows he couldn’t make it in the NFL. This is just a way of convincing himself that he could have done it. After all, only losers tell stories about how they could have had the prom queen when in reality, they never had a chance.
    I wish him well but players play regardless if they’re drafted or not. He’s not a player, nor will he ever be.

  113. Palaceofsin says: Apr 25, 2010 2:10 AM

    He’ll be working as a teacher for 10 years before he makes what he would have gotten at the league minimum for one season… I hope he really really loves it, cause it will be a labor of love and nothing more..

  114. Just Me says: Apr 25, 2010 2:42 AM

    So do you pronounce his name Sicko or Psycho? Doesn’t matter because both fit. He should have changed his name to bitch cuz that’s what he is acting like.

  115. VegasRandy says: Apr 25, 2010 3:49 AM

    SC21 says:
    April 24, 2010 11:02 PM
    You commenters are idiots who have no idea how the NFL works. His chances of making a team as an UDFA are incredibly small, and thats the only way he would get paid. Until the season starts these guys don’t make jack! They are basically interns who get a per diem to be used as practice dummies and then get cut before the season starts. The idea that 500K was a lock for this kid or any UDFA is stupid and naive. Especially considering that isn’t nearly what a rookie makes.
    He’s a smart kid who knows his time is better spent elsewhere. Good for him. Posted by SC21.
    Your missing the point. Your best chance in life is to live in your hopes and not your fears. This kid admitted to a lack of confidence and his fear of failing is directing his decisions.

  116. BuckeyeBengal says: Apr 25, 2010 3:54 AM

    Good for him. He should be applauded for deciding to continue on with his education. He obviously has aspirations of being more than a practice squad player and/or training camp body.

  117. HC says: Apr 25, 2010 5:13 AM

    On one hand this guy can risk the one asset he has, his cranium, in exchange for about a 5% chance of making the roster and making $300k before being cut next year. On the other hand he can keep his brain intact and make $100k or more per year until he’s ready to retire.
    Seems like a no-brainer; get your MBA. It makes no sense for a person in this position to pursue a career in the NFL. Just because you or I would love to have a chance to be an NFL player, that doesn’t mean that is the right decision for this person.

  118. Cincinnasty says: Apr 25, 2010 6:24 AM

    He will live the rest of his life saying “What If”

  119. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says: Apr 25, 2010 6:28 AM

    This kid must come from money.

  120. BigOx says: Apr 25, 2010 6:41 AM

    Yeah, tell that to Jared Gaither of the Ravens. Drafted by the Ravens in the fifth round of the 2007 Supplemental Draft – this year was a RFA had a 1st round tender on his head. He’s going to get his big payday next year when his contract is up – if he’s not traded to one of the teams vying for his services. Just to have an opportunity to participate in the NFL is an honor in itself – to pass it up is crazy – but if your heart is not in it then you have to do what is best for yourself. Good luck – I hope the “what if” doesn’t ring in your ear for the rest of your life.

  121. Captain Canuck says: Apr 25, 2010 7:10 AM

    SC21 has it right. You don’t make real money until you make the team, and while some guys make it as undrafted free agents, they are the exception, not the rule.
    Keep the list of undrafted players your team picks up this year then check after week one how many are still around.

  122. GoBrowns19 says: Apr 25, 2010 7:44 AM

    Sounds like he is kinda done with football, but decided if he’s drafted he’ll give it a whirl. Isn’t that at least pretty good money while you’re at least trying out in camp? I guess I get it. His hearts not really into football.

  123. NoseBleedFan says: Apr 25, 2010 7:51 AM

    I thought the main purpose of education was to make money?…Just saying….

  124. TimTheEnchanter says: Apr 25, 2010 7:53 AM

    You have to wonder if he was downgraded because teams felt he wasn’t dedicated to football.
    What’s funny is that in a lot of ways the top undrafted guys can sometimes be better off than guys picked in the late 7th round. If in demand like it seems this guy is, they can often command a signing bonus they wouldn’t get if drafted, plus they can choose the best situation as far as positional need and system instead of being forced to go to whichever team picked them.

  125. 90ragtop says: Apr 25, 2010 7:57 AM

    Got a feeling that in a few years when this guy is working as a lawyer or a Doctor he’ll be having the last laugh
    *****************
    Bad news, ace. New lawyers have MAYBE a 30% of getting a full-time law related job within one year after graduation. I know — I am a lawyer and teach at a law school.

  126. Randy Inman says: Apr 25, 2010 8:01 AM

    He knows being an undrafted rookie free agent means he would be cannon fodder in camp. But he is also a crybaby.

  127. billsfan1 says: Apr 25, 2010 8:32 AM

    cant say i blame him.. if he is not considered one of the best 250 players to come out… good for him… if they dont feel ur worthy of being picked then to hell with them

  128. Bech72 says: Apr 25, 2010 8:32 AM

    Its easy for everyone on here to say that he’s an idiot for not signing with a team, but the life of an undrafted FA isn’t easy. IMO the guy is just being realistic about his chances; he doesn’t want to bounce around from city to city for the next 2-3 years, which is a distinct possibility.

  129. TheWizard says: Apr 25, 2010 8:52 AM

    All the PFT Einsteins calling this guy stupid.
    That’s rich.

  130. steelerfan9598 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:24 AM

    Willie Parker and James Harrison. Kurt Warner. Tony Romo. Jake Delhomme. Priest Holmes. Antonio Gates.
    Dude, it’s 4 months out of your life. Isn’t it worth a SHOT?

  131. tatum32 says: Apr 25, 2010 9:29 AM

    90ragtop says: April 25, 2010 7:57 AM
    Got a feeling that in a few years when this guy is working as a lawyer or a Doctor he’ll be having the last laugh
    *****************
    Whats the league minimum? 300,000 a year?
    Lawyers make that much? Now he can do that after his career, and even then he wouldnt earn that much, unless he was a partner at one of the larger firms…

  132. snigley says: Apr 25, 2010 9:57 AM

    John Randle says “What the

  133. hueskie says: Apr 25, 2010 9:58 AM

    @pramis123 if what you say is really the truth, then great. If not I agree that he is an idiotic by not playing making $$$$ and then pursuing his career. History tells us the odds of this guy making the team real slim bra..

  134. Brewster says: Apr 25, 2010 10:22 AM

    I have difficulty understanding how anyone posting here can think this is an intelligent decision oh his part.
    As others have said a college degree is an invitation to a job interview and nothing more as far as a career path goes. And even then he might be competing with candidates with MBA’s of Phd’s.
    If, after 3 1/2 years or so of college this is the quality of the decisions this kid makes he’s just wasting time getting more education. The education he has hasn’t helped much in his decision making process.
    Even as a practice team player in the NFL, assuming he can make it to that level, he will earn more and learn more about life and business than getting another year or two of education.
    This is a really dumb decision, I only hope for his sake he reconsiders and tries to make it in the NFL he’ll be a better and wiser person for it.

  135. Duan says: Apr 25, 2010 10:35 AM

    Some of you made come good points and some, I think want to be comedians.
    But real talk, after round #3 – its a crap shoot whether or not you will make them team, unless you go to a team that needs some players – a team like the Browns, Rams, Jaguars, Raiders, or Lions.
    A team like the cowboys keeps a boatload of hopefuls waiting, because they would rather be on te practice squad instead of someone’s active roster.
    I think he is beig little too dramatic about the situation, but with hard wor and determination, i.e. Josh Cribbs – you can make it.

  136. Palaceofsin says: Apr 25, 2010 11:34 AM

    Obviously he doesn’t have the desire required to be successful in the NFL. At the first sign of difficulty, he quit. This is the type of thing that props Tebow up, he doesn’t have much that more ability than Sicko but his drive and attitude made him the 25th pick of the NFL draft. And trust me, there are quite a few players that did get drafted in the 7th round who won’t be making any NFL rosters either. There are no guarantees, if you are fortunate enough to have the skill, you still have to have the ‘want-to’ to make it.

  137. golongboyee says: Apr 25, 2010 12:31 PM

    This guy is a total tool. He either doesn’t want to play football or he is a moron……or both!
    WHAT A LOSER!!!

  138. Dr. Steve says: Apr 25, 2010 1:47 PM

    After all is said and done, the most important thing a person can do is follow his heart. So, Scott has made a fine choice for himself. The armchair experts can say what they want, but no matter what they write, it is always about what they would have done and has nothing to do with what will make Scott happy.
    For making the choice he did Scott is characterized as a “tool, a moron or both.” Clearly comments like that are a reflection of the writer’s way of thinking and have nothing to do with Scott’s.
    Good choice, Scott. Follow your bliss.

  139. golongboyee says: Apr 25, 2010 2:11 PM

    Dr. Steve…….if you weren’t sure a moron yourself, you might realize that it has NOTHING to do with “following your heart”
    Either he likes football and wants to play or not, and being drafted should have no bearing on this.
    Wanting to play, but deciding to NOT play because one was not drafted (even though there is obvious interest) shows he is a money-grubber who has no real interest in football anyway…..among other things.
    Making ca hoice has nothing to do with it either….if he wants to play or not he should make that decision early on and NOT based on whether he gets drafted or not……doing what he did shows he has no character and no convinctions or he is seriously dellusional!

  140. this class sucks says: Apr 25, 2010 2:37 PM

    I think he made the right call. How much would he have been paid to play in camp then get cut? I think its only around $1000 a week. I know that sounds like a lot but you only do it for a couple moths when you could go finish school and get a real job.

  141. Deb says: Apr 25, 2010 5:21 PM

    I don’t think it has anything to do with character, but more to do with passion and indecisiveness. He likes football. He likes academia. He wasn’t sure what to do. So he decided if he got drafted, he’d play football … if he didn’t, he wouldn’t. He said getting drafted would have given him the confidence to believe he could make it. Perhaps he’s unaware that many an undrafted free agent has become an NFL star.
    Now he’s going to pursue another degree or two in history … staying in school rather than getting a job. And he’s pursuing degrees in a field that will keep him in academia rather than throwing him into a more competitive part of the workforce. Just sounds as though he’s a little laid back for the NFL. Doubt he would have made the Cowboys final roster. But it’s his life and football isn’t for everyone. All the best to him.

  142. Stargazer says: Apr 25, 2010 7:06 PM

    Sicko would fit right in with Ben Ruthlessraper and the Stealers.

  143. golongboyee says: Apr 25, 2010 9:53 PM

    this class sucks……..yet another ignorant comment from someone who doesn’t know what he is talking about.
    If you have this much interest from teams whether you are drafted or not, you go for it. You only have one chance to play football, you can go back to school anytime, Secondly, your numbers are way off, he would sign for more than that. Even if he gets cut, he can tell his kids he tried out for the NFL sometime. That means something. Also, given the position he is trying out for, he would probably stick somewhere.

  144. golongboyee says: Apr 25, 2010 9:58 PM

    Well, if football wasn’t for him, he should have made that decision beforehand. By going through the draft process, he wasted a lot of poeople’s time including his own.
    The draft is only a few rounds ……you don’t say you will only play if you are only going to be drafted, that is assinine.
    First of all, many guys that get drafted get cut so being drafted means nothing. Also, as Bill Walsh said, the last 19 guys he cut could be easliy replaced by the last 19 he kept.
    If this guy needs to be drafted to have confidence, he doesn’t have any confidence to make a team anyway……..he is clueless!

  145. golongboyee says: Apr 25, 2010 10:02 PM

    …i promise you, this guy will come to his senses and be at somebodies camp…….not much of a need for a history major fresh out of school, especially in this economy!!!!

  146. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: Apr 25, 2010 10:11 PM

    his decision. doesn’t need to be scrutinized

  147. moeskillz says: Apr 25, 2010 10:22 PM

    He’s tender because he didn’t get drafted. Get over sweety. Make some money and get your Ed. later.

  148. golongboyee says: Apr 25, 2010 11:38 PM

    ALL CAPS………again, another mental midget. The decision isn’t the controversy. If he had just said after the last college game that he had no interest fine. But his reasoning at this point BEHIND his decsion and timing of the decision (and stupidy of it) is. Then again, he is only what….23….most kids this age think they know everything but really have no clue about the real world….

  149. ronmexico7 says: Apr 26, 2010 7:02 AM

    the dudes name is SICKO – he’ll sell jerseys!!

  150. golongboyee says: Apr 26, 2010 7:38 AM

    bigbolt = moron

  151. Ricardoech says: Apr 26, 2010 10:24 AM

    Good Man. If I wasn’t good enough to be drafted why should I want to go and be used as meat for your gladiators and lions. Sometimes Money isn’t everything. Congratulations and God will provide for you.

  152. mmmchasse says: Apr 26, 2010 10:49 AM

    I’m a chargers fan and big bolt is a moron. listen you can still pursue your education after you at least make an attempt at being an undrafted free agent. so you think people on here are wrong for being upset that a person has the abilty, and had a chance and he passed it up. well guess what it doesn’t matter where somebody watches lost, sicko is a moron for passing up an oppurtunity that most would kill for, cause his feelings were hurt. furthermore at the end of the day bigbolt you still smell like summers eve.

  153. Wrathchild says: Apr 26, 2010 4:02 PM

    What a retard.

  154. mike428 says: Apr 26, 2010 4:38 PM

    Let’s be real here….all this talk on here about making money before going back to school? He’s an undrafted free agent. He wouldn’t make a roster and would be a long shot, at best, to make a practice squad. What kind of money would he make after being cut in training camp???
    Smart move, Sicko. Go finish your education, you got the right idea.

  155. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: Apr 26, 2010 6:12 PM

    “if dallas offered him a contract, he isnt a practice squad player, he would be a legit full time player.”
    @Hooby
    The contract he may have been offered would certainly have been contingent on him making the final (I forget 53 or 55) man roster to get the type of money you seem to think he would. As SC21 astutely said, without making the team, he is a low-paid tackling dummy.
    GO VIKES!!!
    136 days until redemption

  156. duncanschmidt says: Apr 26, 2010 8:06 PM

    This is the dumbest move by a player since Pat Tillman.

  157. golongboyee says: Apr 26, 2010 9:25 PM

    mike428 – you are a total moron……you have no idea if he would make the squad or not……..and motivated people do not give up their dreams just becasue they don’t get everything they want the way they want it……if you think this way, it shouldn’t surprise that you are a total loser!

  158. golongboyee says: Apr 26, 2010 9:27 PM

    Ricardoech – yup, and with an attitude like that, you won’t get much farther than you have….pumping gas……you people are pathetic….ever heard of chasing a dream?….i guess not, you’all are too stupid to understand the concept…….sad!

  159. this class sucks says: Apr 26, 2010 9:45 PM

    Not to pull the “everyone is an idiot but me” card but…you are all basing your scrutiny are your own opinions. Of course you would all kill to play football, you are die hard football fans. Does that mean everyone in the world should want nothing more than to play football. I for one think I have the best job in the NFL, being a fan. People don’t realize the countless hard work you do in the NFL and the toll it takes on your body. What do you get from being in the NFL? Fame? Is that so great? For some people, of course it is, for others, it sounds like a nightmare. Money? With a college education he can make a comfortable living. Sure he won’t be a millionaire but maybe he doesn’t care about money. I think as long as you are living comfortably anything more than that is simply (as the expression states) gravy.
    I know all of you would give up anything to play in the NFL, even if only for a day. But this kid clearly doesn’t want to that badly. And if he doesn’t want to why on Earth should he?
    I doubt he is reading your comments so they are pretty much in vain, but just keep in mind that you can only state what you would have done had you had the chance. You don’t know him personally.

  160. Bigdoge99 says: Apr 27, 2010 12:32 AM

    At the very least this youngster could have taken the money he would have made and changed his name from Scott Sicko… Maybe Willy Sicko or something like that. Dr Willy Sicko

  161. joeyd08 says: Apr 27, 2010 8:53 AM

    Seriously…bashing a dude for wanting to pursue his education. sometimes its not always about the money.

  162. mike428 says: Apr 27, 2010 10:11 AM

    golongboyee says:
    mike428 – you are a total moron……you have no idea if he would make the squad or not……..and motivated people do not give up their dreams just becasue they don’t get everything they want the way they want it……if you think this way, it shouldn’t surprise that you are a total loser!
    ———————————————————
    Interesting….I support the kid on his decision to focus on his academics since he didn’t get drafted and you turn it into a personal attack….how mature.
    As far as me being a loser, I have a nice house that won’t foreclose on me, a hot wife and 2 kick-ass daughters. Oh, not to mention that I make 100K a year at my job. So before you call me a loser, take a good look at yourself in the mirror…you know, the mirror in your mommy’s basement, where you live and jerk off to pictures of your mom’s old 1970′s Sears catalogs.

  163. golongboyee says: Apr 27, 2010 12:55 PM

    mike428 – it is sad you actually have offspring……..so, when your daughters come to you and say, “hey Dad, I want to be a waitress” I guess you will embrace that..god forbid they have dreams of being say an actress..where you could fail………or a musician……where you could fail……..but, doesn’t surprise be coming from someone who thinks making $100k is something to brag about…….your employer could come to you any day now and say “bye-bye”….don’t think that is such a great accomplishment!

  164. golongboyee says: Apr 27, 2010 12:57 PM

    this class sucks……….as usual, you again, miss the point entirely……..the point is…..oh, i will throw away my dream because someone SAID I wasn’t good enough. That is what this boils down too…..if football wasn’t his dream, than great, he shouldn’t enter the draft…if it IS his dream..he shouldn’t let NOT being drafted stop him………..GET IT!!!!!!!

  165. mike428 says: Apr 27, 2010 1:56 PM

    Oh, golongboyee, you just missed the point, didn’t you? The point of my post was not to brag, or to think I was better than anyone, but to show how absurd it is to label one a “moron”, based on a single post that one presents, as you so eloquently did a few posts ago.
    Good grief, my youngest daughter has more maturity…

  166. golongboyee says: Apr 27, 2010 5:51 PM

    The fact that you think it is absurd and shows you truly ARE a moron.
    1) You DID brag based on my calling you a loser…….or what you seem to THINK is bragging.
    2) Yes, based on your post, it shows a third-grade level of thinking so YES, you are a moron.
    3) If you think calling someone a moron based on anything else BUT what they say (in this case)is ridiculous….well, your employer is getting ripped off! LOL

  167. ChuckyGru says: Apr 27, 2010 7:00 PM

    This guy would have been lots better off playing for the “Cowgirls” than the Deadskins. At least with the “girls” he would have had a chance of playing in the playoffs before he was 50.

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