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Browns undrafted rookie Andrew Sweat picks law school over the NFL

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After four years as a linebacker at Ohio State, Andrew Sweat signed as an undrafted free agent with the Browns. But Sweat, who was an Academic All-American with the Buckeyes, has decided to pick academics over athletics.

Sweat chose not to attend this weekend’s rookie minicamp in Cleveland and not to try to play in the NFL at all. Sweat told the Columbus Dispatch that he has been accepted to five law schools, and that’s what he has decided to make his priority in life.

Browns coach Pat Shurmur told reporters that Sweat had informed the team he decided not to pursue a career in the NFL.

For those of us who love football but never had the physical ability to play it at a high level, it’s difficult to comprehend a man who has the chance to play in the NFL but chooses to do something else instead. But if Sweat will be happier in law school than in an NFL locker room next fall, good for him.

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47 Responses to “Browns undrafted rookie Andrew Sweat picks law school over the NFL”
  1. timpiker says: May 13, 2012 9:12 AM

    Very admirable.

  2. mdev1987 says: May 13, 2012 9:18 AM

    Good for him!!

  3. talkintrashallday says: May 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    ANYTHING is better than the Browns!! They wanted to sign me too, but I told them I had other offers from Blockbuster and the Gas Station!

  4. fatguystrangler says: May 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    Shouldn’t Florio have wrote this article?

    Good for him. He used his athletic skills to get him an education (I’m guessing) and took advantage of set education.

  5. phooteballs says: May 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    So is the lesson here is that it’s more socially acceptable to be a lawyer than a member of the Browns?

  6. vincentbojackson says: May 13, 2012 9:29 AM

    When you think about it, sitting in class for a few more years sounds like a lot more fun than playing for the Browns.

  7. chazsunderland says: May 13, 2012 9:30 AM

    Good luck. hope he doesn’t regret that decision.

  8. The Prophet says: May 13, 2012 9:30 AM

    He didn’t pick a career as a lawyer over the NFL, he picked four more years of school rather than play for the Cleveland Browns!

  9. jbinamac says: May 13, 2012 9:31 AM

    Sweat has had a history of concussions at OSU, so I can understand and applaud the decision. Smart kid.

  10. jh4prez says: May 13, 2012 9:34 AM

    If he was drafted it would make more sense to go to camp.undrafted guys are 90% of the time just cannon fodder.

  11. cleverbob says: May 13, 2012 9:37 AM

    I think it’s very easy to comprehend, and I’m sure Florio would agree with his decision.

    Career in law > NFL practice squad

  12. preventoffense says: May 13, 2012 9:38 AM

    He must be a unique individual. Too bad he has chosen the dark side, that being the law profession.

    I have never seen the statement “this country needs more lawyers” delivered with any sincereity

  13. searcy69 says: May 13, 2012 9:43 AM

    With the whole concussion issue looming and the deaf of Junior Seau its easy to figure out why he chose law school. The kid obviously has brains to be an Academic All American. He wants to keep his brains intact. It’s not like he’s a 1st rounder giving up millions of dollars. He’s a undrafted free agent giving up a six figure salary. He’ll make that in his 1st year of work. With Urban Meyer at OSU he’ll have a nice clientele base… Lol

  14. randomguy9999 says: May 13, 2012 9:45 AM

    Smart guy

  15. 3octaveFart says: May 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    Good call.
    Why risk personal injury when you can make a fortune hurting others?

  16. vekin1648 says: May 13, 2012 9:58 AM

    He should lead the concussion lawsuit. Then he can truly be part of the NFL.

  17. latchbeam says: May 13, 2012 10:21 AM

    @talkintrashallday Blockbuster is out of business… get off of your couch.

  18. skolvikesskol says: May 13, 2012 10:21 AM

    He can make more money suing for concussions than receiving concussion.

  19. Nikhil Balakumar says: May 13, 2012 10:24 AM

    if u can sit in a practice squad for a couple years you could pay for law school in full

  20. quannumkid says: May 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    Admirable, I just hope he doesn’t regret it later.

  21. daaabears says: May 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    He won’t be regretting it in 20 years.

  22. edavidberg says: May 13, 2012 10:35 AM

    I’d caution him that law school is a very poor investment for most people given the outrageous cost of $150,000 or more for three years plus very strong competition for jobs once you get out.

    That said, with his athletic success and reputation I think there will be firms jumping to hire him in Ohio. He’s probably making a good choice for himself. Best of luck to him.

  23. thegonz13 says: May 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    Good for him. His future will be better as a lawyer than as a Brown!

  24. minnesotablizzard says: May 13, 2012 10:45 AM

    You guys are idiots. There are ZERO jobs for people graduating law school right now. Even if this guy only makes the practice squad for a few years he is still going to make big, big money playing a GAME!

  25. gallogj says: May 13, 2012 10:51 AM

    With all of the law firms laying people off lately…he must still be suffering from concussion symptoms. It’s never smart to pass on a chance for millions. You could always pursue more school, pro football is a once in a lifetime chance. The Browns dont need another player whose heart isnt in it…they have enough of those.

  26. lennydpocketqb says: May 13, 2012 10:58 AM

    Good for him.

  27. inthezone4 says: May 13, 2012 10:58 AM

    Blockbuster is not out of buisness. Just rented a movie there last night latch beam. WERE DO YOU LIVE?

  28. thefiesty1 says: May 13, 2012 11:01 AM

    Leave it to the Browns to sign a guy who doesn’t want to play. Did anybody ask him if he wanted to play for them first? Just another reason to be sure they don’t have a clue.

  29. briang123 says: May 13, 2012 11:50 AM

    He appears to be realistic about his chances to make the NFL. He could have easily deferred admission for a year.

  30. bigzant82 says: May 13, 2012 12:02 PM

    its kinda a 50-50 thing maybe he wil change her mind

  31. dontouchmyjunk says: May 13, 2012 12:03 PM

    As if America needs yet another lawyer…

  32. westclaims says: May 13, 2012 12:07 PM

    Pretty soon, the line between those two professions will be even more blurred.

  33. armorgan67 says: May 13, 2012 12:16 PM

    Like jh4prez said if he was drafted then maybe it would be a questionable decision but he wasn’t and undrafted rookies rarely make teams. If you’re undrafted theres a pretty good chance that you have some shortcomings somewhere. I guess he looked at the odds of making the team and thought it would be better to go to law school. I’m certainly not going to hold it against him.

  34. mianfr says: May 13, 2012 12:24 PM

    I mean he wasn’t going to make the Browns, or really any team in the NFL, and would be lucky to latch on to a practice squad.

    And no, people of above, he would not be able to pay for law school from it, in all probability. They don’t really make anything on the practice squad. The greatest benefit is the use of facilities.

  35. ginojohn says: May 13, 2012 12:26 PM

    must be a smart kid? wonder what he woulda done had the steelers signed him???

  36. gking11 says: May 13, 2012 1:11 PM

    With all those concussions flying around in the league and being an UDFA, I don’t blame Sweat one bit for going a more sure route for bringing in steady income and still being able to walk at 50.

  37. morgan420 says: May 13, 2012 1:32 PM

    To each is there own, go where you heart takes you in life. Good luck man

  38. therealjr says: May 13, 2012 2:16 PM

    Right, like this kid was walking away from fame and millions. Child please.

    He was nothing more than a practice squad guy with special teams upside.

    But on the other hand, I do agree, why in the f do we need more lawyers???

  39. jh4prez says: May 13, 2012 2:17 PM

    You dont just play in the nfl to get a play for the love of the game to compete for a starters job and to win.three things that arent happening in cleveland.sorry for the cheap!

  40. ayoungandres says: May 13, 2012 2:33 PM

    As a practicing lawyer with a great job, I would play football. Unless he’s going to a top 5 school or his dad owns a firm, he’s making a mistake. Play football, save some money, make some connections and then go to school. Yes, the legal market is that bad.

  41. joewilliesshnoz says: May 13, 2012 7:37 PM

    Smart move from a good kid , he grew – up in Steeler territory , glad to see him not go over to the dark – side .

  42. kappy32 says: May 14, 2012 4:25 AM

    As a graduate of a rather well-known law school & current practicing attorney, the kid made a terribly stupid move. Law school will be there for you when you’re 34-37, pro football will not. I am a huge proponent of higher, higher education (more than a bachelors), but he had the chance to do something that not many people get to do. Instead, he decided to attend law school & enter an occupation which there are more of than total a$$holes, the anatomical meaning, in the US. If he’s worried that he may not get into one of his 5 accepted schools after his playing career, he’s even dumber. I’ve been practicing 3 years now & I’ve had some well paying jobs so far; but the one common factor is not a single one of those employers, or other prospective employers along the way, ever asked where I went to law school. All the dude needs to do is go to an ABA accredited school & pass a damn bar exam or 2. I wish I knew that before I put myself into 6-figure debt. PLAY FOOTBALL!!! The money you earn will pay for your law degree, son.

  43. rindle11 says: May 14, 2012 8:26 AM

    Andrew is one smart kid. If you knew him you would understand that. He graduates osu with two degrees, comes from a family a lawyers and will probably take over his dads firm. Football was always plan
    B , never plan A. While Andrew loved football and being a buckeye- he is not one who craves the lifestyle that the NFL would bring. He is a modest, caring, and responsible kid who knows that
    If his heart isn’t in it 100 percent then it is time to make the best choice for the long run. Football seems like a no brainier to everyone else but have you ever thought this kid just wants a normal life?

  44. randallflagg52 says: May 14, 2012 9:20 AM


    Get off your couch, there’s at least 3 blockbusters in the city I live in and its in Alaska! If they have them up here you know they have them anywhere.

  45. blowtorch1964 says: May 14, 2012 2:28 PM

    If you make a practice squad, the pay is around 5 G’s per week, more than starting salary for lawyers, even at the top white-shoe firms. If he takes over his father’s firm, he eventually will earn much more than that.

    It’s his life though. If I had had the ability, I would have chosen the NFL. What if he’s a crappy attorney? What if he doesn’t like it?

  46. hedphurst says: May 14, 2012 3:58 PM

    Seems like law schools would be ok with having a student a year older after he tested the NFL waters for a season. Maybe he thinks the potential for concussions/brain damage is too risky weighed against a career in a mentally demanding field.

    People making cracks about him turning down the NFL because of the Browns are ignorant, and more importantly, not clever or funny. You can make that joke about a late draft pick, but not an undrafted free agent. The words free agent should tip you off – he could’ve signed with any team. I don’t know if other teams pursued him, but I doubt the Browns were the only team that was willing to take a shot on him as at least a training camp body.

  47. jimmylions says: May 14, 2012 6:26 PM

    He’s going to grad school to get a law degree. Smart move. Nice to see someone who played at OSU actually went to class!

    Here’s a news flash for the haters … sometimes people leverage a law degree into jobs other than working as a lawyer. If he decides to also get his MBA with that law degree, he’ll have a lot of options.

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