Leaving an impression

Leaving an impression

There are 7 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 5, 2008, titled Leaving an impression. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Coach Ron Zook chatted Thursday night with Rashard Mendenhall and came away with the impression that it was one of the last times he'd talk with the tailback as an Illinois football player.

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Barbara from California

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Jan 5, 2008
"At the Rose Bowl, Mendenhall said he didn't have much left to accomplish in college and wouldn't return just to pile up stats or be a Heisman Trophy candidate."

To state the obvious: How about knowledge and a university degree, which will serve you long after your aging body turns to flab?
DMAR

United States

#2 Jan 5, 2008
Or he could drafted in the first round and have a productive NFL career? This is his shot to get drafted, what if he comes back for his senior year and gets hurt, and doesn't get drafted? Don't get me wrong, I think an education is important, but he can go back at any time to finish a degree, the same isn't true to qualify for a first round draft pick...
elizabeth

Lombard, IL

#3 Jan 5, 2008
Rashard seems like a great kid. He is wonderfully talented and he could be an even greater NFL player a year from now when his mind and body has had more time to toughen up, gain experience, and mature at Illinois. Good luck to him whatever he decides.
School

Lombard, IL

#4 Jan 5, 2008
He should stay in college - graduate - and then move onto the NFL - and I think the NFL should make sure these kids finish college before offering any kind of deals - All other jobs out there need college degrees before making the BIG BUCKS -
Hiring kids in PRO SPORTS for BIG BUCKS without any education isn't doing the NFL any good - EDUCATION first and then the BIG BUCKS -
kenny

Madison, AL

#5 Jan 5, 2008
I used to be against juniors leaving college early. If you think about it, college is to prepare us to move on to a good a career. He has accomplished that.
Hardliner

Homer Glen, IL

#6 Jan 5, 2008
Barbara from California wrote:
"At the Rose Bowl, Mendenhall said he didn't have much left to accomplish in college and wouldn't return just to pile up stats or be a Heisman Trophy candidate."
To state the obvious: How about knowledge and a university degree, which will serve you long after your aging body turns to flab?
Face the facts. Most people go to college to put themselves in a position to earn a good living. Sure some people look for enlightenment or a spouse but the majority, myself included went to school so they could compete in the job market and earn a good living. Mendenhall has accomplished that. He can always finish his degree later but the ability to compete at the top level of an NFL athlete is a very finite amount of time. If he came back next year and suffered a career ending injury should his solace be that he can enter the workforce with a degree in communications and earn millions of dollars less than if he was in the NFL? I say good luck to the young man and I hope he earns as much money as he can.
Tastic

Maywood, IL

#7 Jan 5, 2008
School wrote:
He should stay in college - graduate - and then move onto the NFL - and I think the NFL should make sure these kids finish college before offering any kind of deals - All other jobs out there need college degrees before making the BIG BUCKS -
Hiring kids in PRO SPORTS for BIG BUCKS without any education isn't doing the NFL any good - EDUCATION first and then the BIG BUCKS -
FIRST OF ALL IF HE GETS HURT AT ILLINI ... MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN...U KNOW THAT SAYING WORK SMART NOT HARD...WELL THIS IS HIM BEING SMART AND TAKING THAT CASH...THE RICHEST PPL IN THE WORLD DIDNT GO TO COLLEGE...COLLEGE ISNT FOR EVERYBODY

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