McCaffrey And Fournette Blaze A New College Football Trail
The hot take artists have been going off in the past couple days about if Christian McCaferry and Leonard Fournette should be playing in their respective bowl games. McCaffrey and Fournette are both forgoing to start training for the NFL Draft. It’s a move that’s going to happen more often with athletes being more self-aware and knowing one injury in a meaningless game will hurt their draft stock. It’s the right move to make by these kind of athletes.
McCaffrey and Fournette are perfect for this kind of thing. They’re both running backs. Both are probably first round draft pick, and both took a massive took on the body this season. I’d argue McCaffrey had a bigger season of lumps than Fournette, but that’s subjective. Regardless, these two will be linked together as top flight players who are fighting the laws of college football. That’s an okay thing for athletes to do.
If the NCAA wants to make this right, they set up a policy for these players. There are insurance policies, but they don’t pay to level of first-round money. If NCAA were to find the right amount for a first to third round athlete where they could pay out if an injury occurred causing them not to get drafted, it would be interesting. Although many lesser players would likely show displeasure with any kind of rule such as that one. NCAA needs to be proactive about this thing, or else, we’ll see other athletes do it as the years goes on and people get more smarter.
Yes, it’s unfortunate we will not get to see McCaffrey and Fournette one more time in college, but the good news, they’ll be playing a lot on Sundays moving forward.