Being a Toledo hoodrat myself, I always like to see a fellow hoodrat succeed.
Well, except for Katie Holmes post Tom Cruise era. That was just embarrassing..
Though I can’t blame you, Tom…we are an extraordinary group. In a jump-on-Oprah’s-couch-and-make-an-utter-fool-of-yourself-on-national-TV kind of way. What guy doesn’t act that way when he lands a Toledo girl?
Anyway, I’m not saying Eric Page can’t make it in the NFL. I think the media around here has done an excellent job of crafting this piece into a miracle story where a local high school kid overcame adversities to prove the naysayers wrong and triumph as some hometown hero…
No one who knows anything is saying Page isn’t a talented athlete. He better be if he’s getting a full ride to school. What I don’t get is, what’s the rush? The NFL isn’t going anywhere. They already tried that, remember?
So his justification for going is that he has nothing left to prove to Toledo. The numbers he’s putting up are good enough, so he’s gonna strike while the irons hot. I guess a small display of loyalty is unwarranted if there is the possibility of millions of dollars waiting in the wing. Who cares about those schmucks who provided you with a free education and a stage to perform on?
I’ll tell you a secret, though. I don’t actually care about that. I merely wanted to demonstrate how ungrateful and arrogant that statement seems. He should avoid repeating it.
Maybe he should consider his promise he made to Rick Upchurch and his grandma about finishing his degree. Does he think he’s really going to complete a criminal justice degree after entering the NFL? It’s highly unlikely. If he does make it, like former Rocket Lance Moore for example, he’s going to have to endure a lot of big hits to that helmet.
Sure, you can have a million dollars! We just need you to forfeit half of your brain cells and 80 IQ points. Deal?
But let me tell you another secret. I really don’t care about the promises he made to his grandma.
What annoys me the most about the people who are arguing his case (and it’s fine that they are) is the poor excuse that by going back for his final year, he is risking a career-ending injury. So, it’s more probable that he is going to get hurt playing in the MAC than playing in the NFL? Somehow I find that hard to believe.
Page is listed at 5’10, 180 pounds, so he’s probably 5’8, 115 pounds (jealous!), and he’s coming from the Mid-American Conference. It’s not like he’s been playing against teams whose defenses rival the caliber of, say, Alabama or Nebraska. Rarely do you hear any MAC school with a top ten, twenty, fifty?? ranked defense. But if you put this little shrimp in the NFL, he’s going to get rocked. So if you’re really concerned about a career-ending injury in college football, then you must be terrified of a life-ending injury in the NFL. These guys are not joking.
Page isn’t going to get a million-dollar contract next year, so his risk of losing that opportunity doesn’t even exist. Plenty of big conference players return for their senior year without considering that they may get injured and never play again. The money he is going to potentially make just doesn’t seem worth it. And then there’s all the business that entering into the draft is a risk in and of itself. If he gets a late-round draft pick, if he doesn’t get a drafted at all…in either instance, he could be successful. In either instance, his career could be doomed.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have done a nice job of deciding hastily-departed MAC players’ fates in the NFL. On one hand, we have Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champ and accused rapist (probably not his most prideful accomplishment), and Antonio Brown, who has yet to make any profound career statement and made about 75k this year (…probably before taxes, but who’s counting?!) as our success stories.
And on the other hand, we have the devastating failure of former Bowling Green quarterback Omar Jacobs, who was drafted in the late rounds of 2006 and was discharged shortly after. Jacobs’ career was highlighted by his NCAA-record touchdown-to-interception ratio (41-4) and 4,002 passing yards posted the same season. Remarkable numbers, especially when you compare them to his professional stats. If memory serves me correctly it’s something close to zero straight across the board.
In my unprofessional opinion, I think EP should stay at Toledo for one more year and hit the weight room. However, since he has decided to take his talents to the Big League, his college career stats will only help in addition to a flawless performance at the NFL Combine, which I will (hopefully) be attending to report directly back to you! I might have to pose as a janitor to get inside the stadium. And in the event that it doesn’t work, I’m collecting donations for bail money.