In an interview with Fox Sports activities’ Joel Klatt this week, Oregon star and NFL draft hopeful Kayvon Thibodeaux took some big swipes at the education available to football players at the University of Alabama, when requested about his resolution to decide on the Geese over the Crimson Tide. Greg McElroy, a former Bama quarterback, did not take the feedback calmly.
“I already hate the stigmatism of soccer gamers being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux mentioned. “So now, are you aware the stigmatism [sic] of Alabama training? It ain’t the west coast. It ain’t Harvard.
He went on to say that he would not “know if my diploma would imply something,” if he performed at Alabama, whereas espousing the advantages and alternatives offered by Oregon’s connections to Nike.
“What I do not perceive is why he felt the necessity to reduce down Alabama. And as somebody who has all the time taken his educational state of affairs very significantly, I will simply come at him with this—if he’d prefer to take an IQ take a look at, I am accessible. If he’d prefer to take the Wonderlic take a look at, I am accessible. As a proud graduate with a number of levels from Alabama, I’ll put my diploma up in opposition to his any day of the week.” McElroy mentioned on Thursday’s edition of his radio show with Cole Cubelic.
“I am uninterested in the lazy narrative that you are a dumb jock if you happen to play at Alabama… I simply take actual private offense, man, I genuinely do. I do not care. Do not come. For those who suppose so little of us, do not come. That is high quality by me, as a result of I do know the those that reside on this state. I selected Alabama, as a result of I really like Alabama… For those who do not need to see Alabama for the greatness it might doubtlessly present you, that is on you. You are lacking out.”
The NFL is planning on eliminating using controversial Wonderlic test at the combine, one of many two that McElroy challenged Thibodeaux to take in opposition to him. McElroy, who had a quick NFL profession with the Jets and Bengals from 2011 to ’13, scored a near-perfect 48 when he took the take a look at forward of the ’11 NFL draft.
McElroy bought in some digs at Pac-12 applications with much less passionate fan bases than what you discover at Alabama and all through the SEC, whereas he and Cubelic defended the academic alternatives at these faculties. He additionally reduce down the concept your common Oregon participant has targets which can be a lot totally different than these for many on the Alabama roster.
“What annoys me is that they will mischaracterize Alabama as simply an NFL manufacturing unit. That is not the case. Whereas sure, if you wish to go to the league, Alabama’s an awesome place to do this,” McElroy mentioned. “To say that that is solely what you get by selecting one in all these faculties is ignorant. As a result of you’ll be able to profit from your academic alternatives afforded to you, no matter the place you go to high school. It may be Oregon, it may be Washington. Are you telling me there aren’t guys at Oregon who need to simply play three [years] and go to the league? Inform me that is not the case? In fact there’s, and there is nothing flawed with that.”
After the present, McElroy took to Twitter to just accept the apology made by Klatt, who says he regrets not pushing back on Thibodeaux’s claims.
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