Oklahoma’s number 9 in the country, and still has an outside shot of making the college football playoff. But more likely than that is a late December bowl game.
That being said, would it make sense for a guy that’s suffered three concussions in his college career, and still wants to have a career in the NFL, to come back this season? Is it crazy for him to leave his team all together, and start getting ready for the combine?
Charles Walker (DL), got concussed October 1st, and announced today he’s not coming back to the team, instead moving on with his career. Mike Stoops, D-coordinator down in Oklahoma, did in fact think that’s crazy, saying:
Quitting on your teammates is hard to take, as a coach,” Mike Stoops said. “That’s everything we stand for — our commitment to one another and, for whatever reason, that wasn’t there for him. He thought this was a better avenue so you would have to ask him for those [answers].”
Sooooo passive aggressive that it hurts. Normally, I’m strongly against turning your back on your team. Even if you’re out for the whole season, it says a lot about your character to stick around. NFL teams look at that. But why would you rush back for the Cotton Bowl if it could result in another concussion, and the loss of millions of dollars in future NFL money. Even if it weren’t about the money, I don’t think I’ll ever have an issue with a guy walking away from a game because of head injuries. He’s got more of a commitment to his family and himself to not die from 5 concussions in a single season than he does to the Oklahoma football team.