So now Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham is officially lost for the season.
Back when Gresham and Sam Bradford opted to spurn the NFL to return to OU, there were all kinds of glowing columns on the virtues of staying in school.
Now, both Gresham and Bradford will spend significant portions of this season going through surgeries and rehab.
Obviously, both have potentially lost out on millions of dollars by coming back to play for the Sooners. And they won’t even get that last season to remember, either.
Will anyone fess up and admit that it probably was against their best interest to come back? Where are the columns now about the dangers of uneccesarily putting your God-given, money-making abilities at risk? Shouldn’t this be a teachable moment for those who think the right decision is always to return to school?
It probably won’t be. In fact, I’m sure this will all be forgotten the next time an elite athlete has to make this kind of decision.
Coaches will say that their players should come back to improve their draft stock, fans will selfishly demand iron-clad fealty and the media will play up the value of obtaining a higher education and hanging out on campus. No one will cite Bradford and Gresham’s experience as an example of why it’s sometimes good to get out while the getting out is good.
I just hope things work out for Gresham, who was clearly the top tight end in the draft, and Bradford, who was a sure-fire first rounder before his shoulder injury. It could still happen, but now it will be a bit more difficult. Good luck to them.