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Colts’ Donte Moncrief entered the draft to support his family

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Colts rookie receiver Donte Moncrief is the youngest player on the team at age 20, but if he had had the chance, he might have gone to the NFL a year ago.

Moncrief has a daughter, and his father has been unable to work for the last two years as he’s been suffering from a bone disease, and Moncrief wanted to get to the NFL as fast as he could to begin supporting his family.

It was just time,” he told the Indianapolis Star. “I had some family [issues] that I needed to help with. I’ve got a daughter now, and that’s the big thing. . . . My mom’s been all alone working. I just wanted to be able to help my family and provide for my daughter.”

The NFL rule requiring players to be at least three years out of high school before they enter the league is a bad deal for guys like Moncrief, who could have been earning money to support his family last year if only the league would have allowed it. Moncrief wasn’t a college star on the level of Jadeveon Clowney, who would have been the first overall pick in last year’s NFL draft if the rules hadn’t required him to wait until this year, but he’s talented enough that he would have been on an NFL roster last year if given the chance.

Now he’s getting that chance, and with a $2.5 million contract and a $539,800 signing bonus, he’ll be able to take very good care of his family.

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21 Responses to “Colts’ Donte Moncrief entered the draft to support his family”
  1. joeflaccoallday says: May 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    Exactly one of the reason why I hate that rule. If you’re entering the draft you know you have a chance to not be drafted the same as if you know you will be drafted. That should be your choice. NCAA just want to keep you more years so you can make them more money. Smh

  2. barsfordays says: May 18, 2014 6:36 PM

    This guy is nuts. 6’2 220 and a 4.34 40. His college numbers dont look as good as they should, because of bad QB play. And to people that say he has drop issues, he dropped a grand total of 1 pass in 2013.

    Moncrief = 3rd round STEAL.

  3. cardsfann1 says: May 18, 2014 6:52 PM

    Barsfordays hit it right on the head! He is going to be huge for Indy. I was praying that they didn’t take him when they did because the Cards had the next pick. I don’t see Fitz in the desert next season because of his contract. Floyd and Montcrief would have been nice next year after he played behind Larry…

  4. karlton3 says: May 18, 2014 6:53 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    May 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    Exactly one of the reason why I hate that rule. If you’re entering the draft you know you have a chance to not be drafted the same as if you know you will be drafted. That should be your choice. NCAA just want to keep you more years so you can make them more money. Smh

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    That’s a great theory except for the fact that it’s an NFL rule, not an NCAA rule.

  5. kegowhisky says: May 18, 2014 6:54 PM

    Congratulations to Moncrief for making the jump to the NFL where he can make a great contribution to the Colts. Now here is where the Colts have an obligation: They need to help him learn how to manage that money so that he’s not in the same boat two years after he leaves the league. Hope they can do it!

  6. jjb0811 says: May 18, 2014 6:54 PM

    If you can’t support a child, then wait to have a child; not rocket science.

  7. thehouseofho says: May 18, 2014 6:56 PM

    Would he have been a 3rd rounder last year or would he have gone in the 4th, 5th, or undrafted? Sure, he could have started making money a year earlier, but maybe the extra year in school boosted his stock. By that measure, the extra year also made up for the “lost” money from last year and then some.

  8. knowshonknowshirtknowservice says: May 18, 2014 6:58 PM

    Good for him. While it’s not guaranteed, not a bad amount of $ for a 3rd rounder. Unless he completely flops, he sees most if not all of that. Can set his family up pretty well.

  9. afcdomination says: May 18, 2014 7:36 PM

    wasn’t there an article after the draft about all those players who were told to do the same and went undrafted?

    which is your stance PFT

  10. wisconsinhillfolk says: May 18, 2014 7:49 PM

    You don’t get to decide who has children or when they have them. Pretty simple.

  11. phinfanatic84 says: May 18, 2014 8:06 PM

    Newsflash to kids who can’t afford to have kids… be responsible, practice safe sex and don’t have kids until you can afford to take care of them.

    Newsflash to the clown who thinks that the Colts have an obligation to show him how to manage his money. No.. no they don’t. This America and you are responsible for your own money. No employer has the right or obligation to tell its employees how they should manage their earnings. The NFL has a rookie symposium that talks about setting yourself up for after you’re done playing. The League and the NFLPA have business courses and coaching internship programs for players. No other industry does that. He can (and should) call up a financial advisor/planner like those that work an Edward Jones office, a Fidelity, or a Charles Schwab office. That’s what they do for a living.. show people how to manage and grow their money for retirement.

  12. butch815 says: May 18, 2014 8:12 PM

    That’s a good BINGO barsfordays!

    Donte Moncrief has the makings and potential to be a Andre Johnson clone.

  13. sammyias says: May 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    “He can (and should) call up a financial advisor/planner like those that work an Edward Jones office, a Fidelity, or a Charles Schwab office. That’s what they do for a living.. show people how to manage and grow their money for retirement.”

    After he pays all of them, he can then spend the other 10% of his money on what he wants.

  14. DaveKShape says: May 18, 2014 8:34 PM

    If I am a fan of any non-Colts AFC South fan, I am VERY scared of this guy. This guys literally has the ability to be Anquan Boldin x2. He is incredibly fast and strong and has the potential to be the best YAC receiver in many years.

  15. tjsbmurphy says: May 18, 2014 9:17 PM

    You don’t make rules for exceptional cases…you make them for the vast majority of players…and the rule works for most players.

  16. khmerson562 says: May 18, 2014 9:24 PM

    I have a 5-9 hours job to support my family.

  17. tmdill18 says: May 18, 2014 9:34 PM

    Anquan Boldin has never come close to 4.3 in his life. Even in his dreams.

  18. bigbenrapedhinesward says: May 18, 2014 9:57 PM

    Any person commenting who believes the onus is on the nfl to make sure the players don’t go bankrupt is beyond help. Is it the leagues fault Vince young has a crazy birthday bash or that Vick leased 17 vehicles when he had the money to buy them? Chris Mcallister and T.O….? All the rest of the dummies? Then tell me exactly what is the AGENTS job? For you small minded ones I’ll remind you that it is the agents job to keep the golden goose golden, that’s it. These goons are lucky as it is to have the league try their best to help (though only in an effort to protect the image of the shield), but by all means… Poor millionaires…keep deleting my comments pft so much for free speech :) (clowns of the shield)

  19. thompgk says: May 18, 2014 10:02 PM

    I guess I missed the rule that says you have to have kids before you turn 20 years old

  20. fauxfauxforty says: May 18, 2014 10:42 PM

    Donte is a great person and will be a really good football player. I’ve never seen a college receiver block as well as he did. In my opinion, with some of the distractions of school and family issues resolved, he’ll be one of the top 20 receivers in the league.

  21. unkleruckus says: May 19, 2014 5:58 AM

    All of you idiots on the NFLs jock are missing the fact that nowhere else in the world prohibits you from making a living until you’re a certain age. Venus and Serena were millionaires before turning 20, I know plenty of entrepreneurs that took over family businesses out of high school and made 6 figures, the. NFL is a private club, not a corporation, that’s how they can circumvent hiring practices and get away with it. If a owner wants to hire an 19 year old, shouldn’t be be allowed? After all, he does own the team, right? This rule is in place to protect the owners, not the players. If he would have been drafted last year in the 5th round he still would have made more money than most college grads will make in the next 20 year.

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