Todd Gurley reportedly tears ACL

AP

In hindsight, the NCAA would have done Todd Gurley a favor by suspending him for the balance of the year.

Per multiple reports, the Georgia tailback tore an ACL in his return from a four-game suspension after signing autographs for money.

The injury, which requires major surgery and extensive rehab, underscores the reality that “an education” doesn’t represent nearly enough compensation for the contributions the players make and the risks they assume.  It also provides further ammunition for the inevitable decision of an NFL-ready player less than three years removed from high school to sit out a year in lieu of exposing himself to serious injury without the ability to be paid by the school or to sell his name or likeness at a time when a significant market for both exist.

If/when a college football player turns his back on college football for a year, fans of the team will be livid.  Many in the media will wag a finger.  Scouts will whisper anonymously to reporters that the player must not “love football.”

But it will be a smart business decision.  And it will be precisely the business decision than any of us should want our own sons to make if the upper reaches of the NFL draft were widely regarded as a certainty.

18 responses to “Todd Gurley reportedly tears ACL

  1. Kid should never have tried to play a single play for Georgia or any other college team.

    He may end up making money for Georgia and not making any for himself. He got bad advice from somebody and made the wrong decision.

    He would have the first RB off the board next year. College players need union representation to protect them from corporate colleges.

    Good luck kid.

  2. And how is him tearing an ACL playing football any different than my friend getting an education and tearing his last winter on a ski trip? Stop making excuses as to why athletes need to be paid more than “a scholarship.” To us everyday students a full scholarship would be amazing Injuries happen everyday to everyone. Football players aren’t anymore special than other people Mike!

  3. Up 3 scores with possession and only 6 minutes to play…It was Douglas time. What was Gurley doing on the field in garbage time? BOBO and Richt are terrible.

  4. There ii something About Football Repetition That I can’t explain. It Just Seems like to me that player often gets injured when they’re playing not to get injured.

  5. No more talk radio or sports television for the rest of the week. All it will be is another discussion about whether or not college athletes should be paid.

    Because the current plan makes college athletes poor (after all $0 + scholarship = $0 … we all have needs and needs cost money and a scholarship is not actual cash) players should be legally paid. Would at least a minimum-wage scaled to the cost of living in each region be that bad?

    Also, do we not compensate everybody the same? After all the “C student” gets the same scholarship as the “A student,” a one-year contract. Should we not find it unfair that the “A” student gets the same as the “C” student when he or she is better at school?

    If we can allow that, we can at least allow minimum wage to be given to athletes scale to their individual regional cost-of-living.

    I hope that he does everything to help himself out financially. He got screwed twice and his parent(s) cannot afford him an allowance or the ability to send him money the way non-scholarship students’ parents can and him under scholarship does not make him richer for multiple years. It actually makes him broke and now he is temporarily physically, broken.

  6. redskinfan1126 says:
    Nov 16, 2014 5:23 PM
    And how is him tearing an ACL playing football any different than my friend getting an education and tearing his last winter on a ski trip? Stop making excuses as to why athletes need to be paid more than “a scholarship.” To us everyday students a full scholarship would be amazing Injuries happen everyday to everyone. Football players aren’t anymore special than other people Mike!
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    Did your school profit from your friends ski trip? No. Terrible analogy.

  7. $37,870 Annual Cost to Attend U of G as an out of state student (Based on stats from 2012/2013). So you need to make about, what, $50 grand before taxes in order to pay this amount out of pocket? Cry me a river folks. Haven’t even discussed the amount needed to actually field a football player.
    Cost Breakdown
    $25,856 tuition
    $8,970 on campus room & board
    $848 books
    $2,196 fees

  8. Yes we should all feel so sorry for him and the rest of these players. If they had any real intelligence they would get a real education like the rest of us but then they couldn’t make ridiculous salaries

  9. I like watching Gurley play, but he’s way too injury prone to ever be a dependable star in the pro’s. He’ll be lucky to be taken before the 5th round now.

    As for a guy sitting out, Robert Smith already did that. He did have a good career, but he’s always been seen as an ass. Not for that incident, but because he really is an ass.

  10. Its not a risk. He wore down his ligaments, tendons, joints, etc and is too stupid to know how to repair them using proper nutrition. You can mock me all you want and thumb me down all you want. Medical doctors don’t acknowledge this truth because it puts them out of business. Ask theo ratliff about his journey to staying healthy. DEAD ATHLETES DONT LIE. listen to it and you’ll know what I know. well, some of it anyways

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