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Cardale Jones graduates, with a laugh

Bills quarterback Cardale Jones once stirred controversy in college. But now no one can say he wasn’t committed to college.

Jones graduated from Ohio State today, ending a college experience that began with a social media firestorm over accusations that he was just a dumb jock who only cared about football, not academics.

In October 2012, Jones was a redshirt freshman who gained notoriety when he tweeted, “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS.” That didn’t sit well with many, and Jones was disciplined by the football team and subsequently deleted the tweet.

But Jones obviously cared enough about academics that he kept working on it even after he gave up his remaining NCAA eligibility to enter the draft last year. Today he graduated, and on Instagram he posted a picture in his cap and gown with a message on his cap saying, “Sum 1 ONCE SAID ‘We Ain’t Cme Here To Play School’.”

A good joke, and a good example of a football player who did care about academics, even if that wasn’t what led him to Ohio State.

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34 Responses to “Cardale Jones graduates, with a laugh”
  1. greg3117 says: May 7, 2017 5:58 PM

    Underwater basket weaving?

  2. EJ says: May 7, 2017 6:00 PM

    Awesome!

  3. ramfanmatt says: May 7, 2017 6:18 PM

    Not to say he didn’t earn it, but it seems like many of these athletes are given unlimited help to get their degrees. I just hope he learned from his stupidity, matured and grew up, and proceeded to put in the necessary work to get his degree.

  4. arzcardinals says: May 7, 2017 6:27 PM

    Congrats

  5. beauregard says: May 7, 2017 6:34 PM

    It’s no small feat to graduate from Ohio State University. I’d say he grew up and actually applied himself. These superstar athletes need to look 5 years down range and see what life is like for a 30+ year old athlete.

  6. u4iadman says: May 7, 2017 6:45 PM

    They give the same over and over chances and assistance and easy path to all students? Of course not.

    Suck rocks.

  7. craniator says: May 7, 2017 6:55 PM

    I can disagree with what he said, but I can’t knock him for being honest.

  8. bvolke says: May 7, 2017 7:25 PM

    Congrats CArdale!

  9. brownoholic says: May 7, 2017 7:35 PM

    THE Ohio State University

  10. stillabengalsfan says: May 7, 2017 7:45 PM

    ramfanmatt says:
    May 7, 2017 6:18 PM
    Not to say he didn’t earn it, but it seems like many of these athletes are given unlimited help to get their degrees. I just hope he learned from his stupidity, matured and grew up, and proceeded to put in the necessary work to get his degree.

    ——

    Actually, it sounds like you are saying he didn’t earn it. What do you know about Cardale Jones as a person and moreover as a student? Nothing… What a jerk. Congratulations, Cardale.

  11. genericcommenter says: May 7, 2017 8:03 PM

    In my experience in college, there are plenty of resources to help you even if you aren’t a star athlete. Your advisors want you to graduate. The school wants you to graduate, regardless of your popularity or major. There are disability services for just about anything you can imagine. There are academic and financial aid appeals. There are financial aid programs just for seniors who’ve run out of financial aid and so on.

    As far as your degree and what you do with it, a lot depends on you. I know really smart people with 4.0 college GPAs in tough majors who make minimum wage and I know 2.0 kids in “basket weaving” doing very well in life.

  12. sbdt says: May 7, 2017 8:03 PM

    “What an idiot! He should be suspended!” – morons in 2012

    “Athletes have it easy! He didn’t earn it!” – morons in 2017

  13. wolfiereasonedlife says: May 7, 2017 8:10 PM

    Congrats to whoever wrote his papers and took his tests.

  14. wyrdawg says: May 7, 2017 8:27 PM

    Growing up is pretty cool! Ain’t it?

  15. absolutevisuals says: May 7, 2017 8:32 PM

    It’s true. To some of the bigger schools, they are there to play football, not go to school. Lets stop pretending that there isn’t that mindset, or that they skate a lot of the kids pass and ‘convince’ them to sign up for utterly useless classes/degrees so they can be technically enrolled but aren’t learning a thing.

  16. whenwilliteverend says: May 7, 2017 8:56 PM

    Criticize all you want but you have to respect the fact he went back and finished his degree.

  17. oscarxray says: May 7, 2017 9:18 PM

    I suppose that means the Bills’ playbook is the equivalent of a master’s degree at OSU.

  18. spartanlegend says: May 7, 2017 9:24 PM

    beauregard says:
    May 7, 2017 6:34 PM
    It’s no small feat to graduate from Ohio State University…

    Trying to figure out if you’re joking or serious. You basically just have to have a pulse and have graduated from high school in the state of Ohio to get into OSU so I can’t imagine it being too difficult to graduate

  19. mclennon99 says: May 7, 2017 10:04 PM

    Smart move…he knows now that the Bills drafted Nate Peterman that his days are numbered. That degree from Ohio St. will help him find another job.

  20. joe400e says: May 7, 2017 10:04 PM

    One thing is for sure, someone in his family straightened him out and put him back on the right path.

  21. realfootballfan says: May 7, 2017 10:14 PM

    genericcommenter ,
    Yep, but somewhere along the way it became that just athletes have tutors and such. From my recollection, they were there for all of us if we wanted them and 9 times out of 10, the graduate assistant or whoever was doing that wasn’t worried about if you were a jock or not. They actually wanted to help students. But I guess it’s another example of people trying to make themselves feel better about their shortcomings in life.

  22. whodat5150 says: May 7, 2017 11:11 PM

    Folks, if you’re going to say it, say it right: The Ohio State University!

  23. stampnhawk says: May 7, 2017 11:36 PM

    He just surpassed the education level of 95% of the posters on PFT.

  24. RE LEE says: May 7, 2017 11:45 PM

    Good job! Now go play football. Too bad you ended up with the Bills, nonetheless make the most of it.

  25. doe22us says: May 8, 2017 12:04 AM

    I doubt it was a play on words but clearly sum 1 should go back to school.

  26. tfootball1234 says: May 8, 2017 12:17 AM

    He seems like a really nice guy. being crushed by bills news here in western ny, he is kinda a breath of fresh air. i`m happy for him .

  27. trollaikman8 says: May 8, 2017 3:19 AM

    Soon he will experience what every graduate with a pointless degree faces: unemployment.

  28. satchseven says: May 8, 2017 4:12 AM

    It’s true. To some of the bigger schools, they are there to play football, not go to school. Lets stop pretending that there isn’t that mindset, or that they skate a lot of the kids pass and ‘convince’ them to sign up for utterly useless classes/degrees so they can be technically enrolled but aren’t learning a thing.

    oh please, a degree can get you into a lot of training programs. besides the boosters going to look out for Cardale, you are dreaming if you think he is not going to get hooked up when he is done playing ball

  29. satchseven says: May 8, 2017 4:13 AM

    What an idiot! He should be suspended!” – morons in 2012

    “Athletes have it easy! He didn’t earn it!” – morons in 2017

    cry when a poor black man commits crime and cry when he goes to school

  30. satchseven says: May 8, 2017 4:15 AM

    “Congrats to whoever wrote his papers and took his tests”.

    got any proof or are you lying on this man?

  31. stipez says: May 8, 2017 5:24 AM

    Truth is, he probably was “playing school” as I doubt it was too difficult but rather a facsimile of real University education. So the sad thing is that even that was too much to handle.

  32. drcap says: May 8, 2017 9:22 AM

    I’m sure his professors are really proud of his communication skills.

  33. whenwilliteverend says: May 8, 2017 10:27 AM

    realfootballfan says:
    May 7, 2017 10:14 PM
    genericcommenter ,
    Yep, but somewhere along the way it became that just athletes have tutors and such. From my recollection, they were there for all of us if we wanted them and 9 times out of 10, the graduate assistant or whoever was doing that wasn’t worried about if you were a jock or not. They actually wanted to help students. But I guess it’s another example of people trying to make themselves feel better about their shortcomings in life.

    I can attest to that. I went back to school to work on a degree over twenty years after my first degree and had to take calculus. I knew I wasn’t going to get through it without the help of some tutors. There was always a tutor available to help out whenever I needed one and the school doesn’t even have a football program. Soemtimes people like to denigrate the entire university because of some of the football and basketball players. I’m not sure that’s fair to the other players who take advantage of the opportunity to get a free education.

  34. heightstexan says: May 8, 2017 11:35 AM

    I wonder what degree Ohio state offers that only requires a 2nd graders knowledge of both spelling and grammar.

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