First-round prospect Jake Butt injures knee, doesn’t regret playing

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Michigan tight end Jake Butt, a potential first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, suffered what may have been a serious knee injury last night in the Orange Bowl. But he says he doesn’t regret playing.

After his team lost to Florida State, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he doesn’t know the severity of Butt’s injury, but that it’s an “MCL or ACL” tear. That makes it likely that Butt won’t be able to go through the Combine and work out for NFL teams, and may not be ready to go for the start of his rookie season. The injury could cost him a significant amount of money.

And yet Butt said after the game that he doesn’t regret playing in the Orange Bowl.

“Never once crossed my mind to sit this game out and I would never change that mindset,” Butt wrote on Twitter. “I play this game because I love it, my teammates and coaches.”

Two other first-round prospects, LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, skipped their bowl games because they wanted to stay healthy for the draft. Butt could have done that and chose not to, something that may endear him to NFL teams — but not enough to make them overlook his knee injury.

64 responses to “First-round prospect Jake Butt injures knee, doesn’t regret playing

  1. No worries.mI’m sure the university that “gave” him a “free ride” will gladly take care of any significant money he will lose out on. Wont they? Loyalty and all.

  2. You know what? All the college guys who are NFL prospects should just skip their Bowl games. Why not? Those games dont matter. Even better, they just start skipping games once they lose 2 or more during the season, because they won’t make it to the playoffs, and the rest of their games won’t matter. I mean why risk injury in week 11 when you are 8-2 or 6-4?

  3. Good for him. NCAA can fix the bowl – injury conundrum by purchasing a one game (bowl) insurance policy for any player deemed a high round draft choice. With all the money sloshing around college football the NCAA elites can easily put this problem to bed.

  4. Here’s a guy who many if not all of his mates will remember as someone you can depend on.

    You can’t live in a bubble. You can’t play this game with one eye on the ball and the other on your checkbook.

    It’s a devil’s bargain.

  5. Well, now he can be the fourth round pick of the Patriots. The one that was reaquired after Godell stole it. He goes on to replace Gronk, at one tenth the cost, and makes 5 straight all pro teams.

  6. Somehow this guy has to end up on the Lions. Ol’ Jim Bob Cooter just has to get him some Jake Butt.

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    Oh how little boys like their chance for some bathroom humor. Hopefully the young didn’t blow his future by playing in the game.

  7. Butt will be back he might lose a year and a bunch of money, but he’ll play a lot of years in the NFL.
    Many who sit on their high horse judging guys who don’t play have little understanding that some of these players come from from absolutely nothing. Their entire family is depending on them making it to the league. Whether people think that’s right or wrong is another discussion, but I do get why some of these players feel pressure to protect themselves until they get drafted.

  8. He’s saying all of the right things. Good for him. College football is still the ultimate in hypocrisy. The kid got a “free” $200,000 education. Yeah, it’s free alright. Fox Sports estimated that Michigan’s football program netted the school $56 million in 2015. That’s net profit and not revenues. It’s after Harbaugh’s huge contract.

  9. Yup- and Fournette and McCaffrey will knock their pre-draft workouts out of the park and be richly rewarded for their decisions to walk out on their team. Butt will be heavily penalized for his decision not to walk out on his.

    It’s the system, not the kids.

  10. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 31, 2016 8:21 AM
    Oh how little boys like their chance for some bathroom humor. Hopefully the young didn’t blow his future by playing in the game.
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    Ah, the sniping comes in from the peanut gallery. You still mad bro? You get bested so often you should be used to it by now. Life, like your fuse, is short. Too short to go through it without a sense of humor.

  11. .
    Reputable draft sources had him ranked as the #2 TE coming out. He’s 6’5″, 250 lbs and as we all know the super sized TE is a position whose importance has increased in recent years. It was an unfortunate occurrence.
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  12. Harbaugh ends up a big loser, which is fitting, after he loudly & proudly voiced his support for the crooked, wicked, corrupt loser Hillary. Good for him.
    Losing fits him well.

    He should have stayed out of politics all together -or at least not supported a proven wicked corrupt loser. She’s been losing since 2008. What’s Harbawww ever won? 2nd place doesn’t count.

    If you ain’t first, you’re last.

  13. I’m sure one of the admittedly people in the minority on PFT who scolded college players for sitting out bowl games to protect their draft stock will be advocating their favorite team draft him in the first round…myou know to reward him for being a “team player”. Listen, if he’s happy with his decision and has no regrets good for him. Do what makes you happy is what I always say.

    But don’t scold those who make a financial decision to protect their investment and future rather than participate in an exhibition game.

  14. He’s saying all of the right things. Good for him. College football is still the ultimate in hypocrisy. The kid got a “free” $200,000 education. Yeah, it’s free alright. Fox Sports estimated that Michigan’s football program netted the school $56 million in 2015. That’s net profit and not revenues. It’s after Harbaugh’s huge contract.
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    “Fair” is where you go to see chicken and pigs. So what if Michigan netted $56m in a single year? How much did women’s soccer or track & field net? Football pays for all the non-revenue generating sports. On top of the free education which you strangely want to dismiss, these scholarship athletes are provided access to the best facilities and nutrition for 4 years. And many of these guys would never, ever be able to gain admission to a school like Michigan were it not for their athletic talent. If you don’t see the value in that then you’re missing the big picture. NCAA football players aren’t victims.

  15. Even if TE Jake Butt tore an ACL I would still draft him and put him on IR for a year.

    He would rehab and then train with TE Greg Olsen with Olsen being in his last year of his contract. I watched Butt for a long time and he is worth a early second round pick IMO.

  16. “The kid got a “free” $200,000 education. Yeah, it’s free alright. Fox Sports estimated that Michigan’s football program netted the school $56 million in 2015. ”

    I don’t follow the logic here. For him the education, room & board was free. The fact that UM gained money from it doesn’t make it ‘not free’.

    That’s another point for the ‘CFP should unionize’ crowd to consider. If they unionize under the premise that they are actually ’employees’ of the College, the IRS would likely consider their scholarships, room & board to be ‘income’ and subject to income tax.

  17. Damn shame, hopefully it proves to be minor.
    I;m of 2 minds on players choosing to sit out bowl games. If the team has a chance at a championship a player owes it to his team mates to play. If the bowl’s only purpose is to make money then a player that has the chance to be drafted is a fool to run the risk.

  18. Let’s see if Jake Butt gets drafted ahead of Fournette. That might be a good thing for future draft prospects to keep an eye on. We all have our opinions, but let’s wait and see what happens in the draft. If Butt goes ahead of Fournette, maybe future players will opt to take the injury risk and play in their bowl game.

  19. People that make “business decisions” off the field and skip bowl games are the same guys that make “business decisions” on the field and opt out of situations that are dangerous, yet beneficial to the team.

    That’s something worth keeping in mind.

  20. Because of Trump having the Russians stealing the election for him, players no longer feel compelled to work for the collective team good and do not feel compelled to care for anyone but themselves, no different than Trump. It is only good big to get worse and the minority players are going to get the worst of it.

  21. “Harbaugh ends up a big loser, which is fitting, after he loudly & proudly voiced his support for the crooked, wicked, corrupt loser Hillary. Good for him.
    Losing fits him well.”

    Hate to tell you dude it doesn’t matter whether its the Dems or GOP, Hillary or Trump, both parties are utterly and totally corrupt and owned by the influence peddling corporations. Both were among the worst candidates ever in the history of the country for any public office.

  22. “Free Education”

    Yes, because majoring in “availability” is sure to help these kids later in life. Have any of “free education” proponents looked at the list of Concentrations scholarship players are allowed to take by their schools???

    Wake up idiots, these schools give not a single bleep about educating their players. Their only concern is navigating the joke NCAA rules, While profiting enormously…

  23. briang123 says:
    Dec 31, 2016 9:59 AM
    Because of Trump…
    ______________________

    If you could go ahead and just your politics out of our football that’d be great, mmmkay?

    In return we will endeavor to keep our football out of your politics.

  24. Anyone who thinks he would have been drafted ahead of OJ Howard or the TE from Clemson hasn’t been watching enough ball outside the B1G. That being said, all the best to this kid. He does have the stuff for the NFL and I’m sure he’ll still get a chance to prove that. I can also guarantee he’ll never embarrass his school or his future NFL employer like that idiot from Arkansas did.

  25. Dallas drafts him with the last pick of the second round and sits him for a year like they do with all their 2nd round picks.

  26. delhommed says:
    Dec 31, 2016 8:14 AM

    Meaningless bowl games… college needs a real playoff through late November and December

    you do get that all games are meaningless exhibitions for our entertainment, right?

    So as long as the game “counts” for something you’re cool with career ending injuries?

  27. I don’t even get the whole bowl game phenomenon? I know it’s lucrative to the universities, but it’s an exhibition game and meaningless unless you made the final four. I’m a big college football fan, but honestly if my team only won 7 games and ended up playing n the weedwacker bowl against a 6 win team, I’m really not that interested…

  28. chippys lost binky says:
    Dec 31, 2016 9:28 AM

    Damn shame, hopefully it proves to be minor.
    I;m of 2 minds on players choosing to sit out bowl games. If the team has a chance at a championship a player owes it to his team mates to play. If the bowl’s only purpose is to make money then a player that has the chance to be drafted is a fool to run the

    compelling argument for eliminating all but playoff postseason games. Also compelling argument to bail on any season that doesn’t put you into the playoffs?

    Where’s the line? We all love our team, ‘cept of course a few trolls who only exist to torment, and there’s more to this than x’s, o’s or $. We talk about the intangibles that make one player or team great and others functional.

    When you sit down when you could have stood with everyone else you just explained your priorities.

  29. He doesn’t regret it. Interview him again after he works the hamburger line at McDonald’s for a few years instead of making millions catching a ball for an NFL team.

  30. Thurman Thomas survived a knee injury in 1987 and came back to be a hall of famer. I’m pretty sure technology has advanced since then so I’m sure he will be fine. If he is any good, he will be a steal as this is the kind of kid the Pats would take 3rd or 4th and sit. And why not

  31. fartweasel says:
    Dec 31, 2016 10:56 AM
    He doesn’t regret it. Interview him again after he works the hamburger line at McDonald’s for a few years instead of making millions catching a ball for an NFL team.
    *************************
    Each player has a different background. Some guys come from wealthy families with a long histories of well educated people, and others come from broken homes in ghettos where their moms and many others will be much better off if the kid strikes it rich playing ball. What kind of human being would look their mother in the eye and say “mom, I don’t care if you’re working two jobs and struggling to pay the bills, I love my teammates and coaches more than I love you”. Some guys have family businesses that they will inherit, and their lives will be on auto-pilot, even if they never play another down of football. This isn’t a one size fits all deal.

  32. I don’t blame college kids either way with what they decide to do if it was me in college and I was in a playoff I would play but anything other probably not. That being said he’ll be back guys have come back from worse.

  33. briang123 says:
    Dec 31, 2016 9:59 AM
    Because of Trump having the Russians stealing the election for him, players no longer feel compelled to work for the collective team good and do not feel compelled to care for anyone but themselves, no different than Trump. It is only good big to get worse and the minority players are going to get the worst of it.
    ———————–
    The Russians didn’t get Trump elected. Whiny crybaby perpetual victims that play the race card on every issue like you did. Thanks and keep spewing your propaganda so it ensures we never get another Obama.

  34. I stopped playing Beer League slow-pitch Softball a few years ago because an injury would have kept me from going to work. So I know EXACTLY what these kids are going theough. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about that decision……

  35. This kid gets it. People forget that these athletes get their education through scholarships. So they do have an obligation to play in these bowl games, in my opinion.
    The bottom line is, they make a commitment to their coaches and teammates when they play football in college and for them to sit out a bowl game is selfish. After all, their programs and universities make money by playing these games, too.
    Personally, I think the NFL and the players would be better served to create a minor league program for kids who want to play in the NFL. That way they wouldn’t have to bother pretending they are going to college for an education.
    Baseball has minor leagues and the NBA has the “D” league, so why can’t the NFL do the same thing here in the U.S.? Don’t tell me they don’t have the money, because that’s ridiculous.
    Everyone would benefit because the players would be paid and the NFL teams would have them on their “farm” teams and could bring them up whenever they needed them.
    The only losers would be the universities and their millionaire head coaches, but who cares about them? They’ve been raking in the dough forever on the kids’ backs.
    The NFL had the right idea with the league in Europe. The only mistake they made was putting it over there.

  36. I wamt to know who the insurance company was that gave him that policy if he didn’t go in the first two rounds. No credible mock websites had butts going day one. Oj howard was the top TE

  37. The NCAA and school’s shouldn’t even put these kids in the position to play in meaningless exhibition games once their season ends. The NCAA has decided to crown a football champion in D1 football by having 4 teams make the post season tourney. If your team doesn’t get selected as 1 of 4 teams, season is done. End the Bowl game scrimmages.

  38. tonebones says:
    Dec 31, 2016 11:27 AM

    Each player has a different background. Some guys come from wealthy families with a long histories of well educated people, and others come from broken homes in ghettos where their moms and many others will be much better off if the kid strikes it rich playing ball. What kind of human being would look their mother in the eye and say “mom, I don’t care if you’re working two jobs and struggling to pay the bills, I love my teammates and coaches more than I love you”. Some guys have family businesses that they will inherit, and their lives will be on auto-pilot, even if they never play another down of football. This isn’t a one size fits all deal.
    ——–
    ^^^^^ “tonebones” gets it! Long live tonebones!

  39. Liberalsruineverything says:
    Dec 31, 2016 11:41 AM

    The Russians didn’t get Trump elected. Whiny crybaby perpetual victims that play the race card on every issue like you did. Thanks and keep spewing your propaganda so it ensures we never get another Obama.
    ——–
    So says “liberalsruineverything.” But that’s not “propaganda.” Warped logic much?

  40. People making comments about what an insurance policy would actually cover are clueless.
    Do some research and learn what they actually cover before making idiotic statements

  41. skawh says:
    Dec 31, 2016 5:03 PM
    Liberalsruineverything says:
    Dec 31, 2016 11:41 AM

    The Russians didn’t get Trump elected. Whiny crybaby perpetual victims that play the race card on every issue like you did. Thanks and keep spewing your propaganda so it ensures we never get another Obama.
    ——–
    So says “liberalsruineverything.” But that’s not “propaganda.” Warped logic much?
    ————
    Not propaganda, just another fact. Every Liberal controlled major city in the country is a corrupt, broke, crime ridden fecal wasteland.

  42. There is a simple answer to this. Allow HS graduates to go to the pro’s directly. It’s Un-American that these kids can’t go right to the pro’s – and can’t make money off of their talents. I know – most would never get drafted – they are ready – but that’s fine – the system will make that decision. By making these kids go to college – more and more are going to opt out of these meaningless bowl games. Simple question – if it was you or your kid – what would you do? What if you had a history of injuries? What if your mom or dad had cancer…or you were dirt poor. Risk millions or sit out the game – simple answer.

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