Posted April 26, 2013 on AP on Fox
The next time some college football fan gripes about his favorite player going to the NFL before his senior season, we'll have a ready reply. Three of them, actually. Manti Te'o. Geno Smith. Matt Barkley. The trio returned for a fourth year of college football and look what it got them. Heartache. Embarrassment. And, certainly in the case of Barkley, a much lighter wallet than he would've had a year ago. The first round of the NFL draft came and went. All three were left waiting by the phone. It never rang. That's a harsh lesson every rising junior with pro aspirations should heed. Think only of yourself. If there's a chance to dramatically improve your draft position, then stay in school. If you're already projected as a first-rounder, it's time to get started on your real job. Rest assured, the school will get along just fine with or without you. Sure, a college degree is great to have, but you can always finish up those last few classes in the offseason. After getting pa...
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