Ex-Bama DB Ronnie Harrison Responds To Nick Saban's Comments About Players Leaving Early
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Crimsons Tide head coach Nick Saban recently made some comments about players leaving college early for NFL, referencing a third-round NFL draft pick, not by name, who left Alabama a year early...
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“If you’re a third-round draft pick, and we had one here last year — I’m not going to say any names — goes and starts for his team, so he’s making third-round money, which is not that great,” Saban said Saturday, clearly referencing Harrison. “He’d be the first guy taken at his position this year, probably, and make $15-18 million more. So, the agent makes out, the club makes out, and now they’ve got a guy that’s going to play for that kind of money for three more years.”
That player was former Bama DB Ronnie Harrison, who had this response...

Harrison left after his junior year was taken 93rd overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2018 draft.

(The Spun)

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While third round money might not be shite to lil Nicky, it is to most people. And it’s certsimly better than no round money if the kid gets hurt.
Reply4 days
Its the kids life. Let him do what he wants. Perhaps he needed to upgrade from a charger to a Benz. Nick owns a Benz dealership, he ought to be happy about that.
Reply7 days
Is Lil Nicky's implication that he took a pay cut by leaving Tuscalousy? That's kind of the only way he has a point.
Reply8 days
Boy that 8 in a row has really chapped a bunch of coon asses.
Reply10 days
Sabans right and Ronnies mad about it.
Reply11 days
"always make it about the players and their goals" -Nick Saban "When they get in trouble, we remind them how their decisions are making an negative impact towards achieving their goals" _Nick Saban
Reply11 days
First, he's having to take a pay cut to go to the pros, but he has the endorsement opportunities which can help offset things. Second, he likely won't make his 2nd contract because a lot of Bama players break down after they get off the HGH/steroids.
Reply11 days
It’s a complicated situation. Many of these kids are in situations of extreme poverty. Even a third round pick can forever change the quality of life for him and his family. Some things are more important than football. On the other hand, Little Nicky is right too. The NCAA should offer insurance to guarantee kids like this that security but allow them to improve their stock and finish their commitment.
Reply11 days
Saban isn’t always right . What happens when the guy comes back and blows out his knee ?. Then goes undrafted ?
Reply11 days
harrison needs more reading comp skills. saban's just saying the kid is worth more than he's getting paid. poor little minority victim.
Reply11 days
you're an idiot whos lives in a whites only trailor park.
11 days
White Flash foh with that racist sht.
11 days
Saban is only interested in that guys earning potential so he can use it as a recruiting tactic. Not so the kid himself can make more. Saban is also more interested in returning starters or players with significant playing time.
7 days
Another words: I can buy my own charger
Reply11 days
"Another words" Now that's one I haven' seen before
11 days
I assume you mean haven’t. Karma.
11 days
The guys that listen to Saban tend to get way richer than the ones who don't. Guys should user their heads and not their emotions to make decisions like this.
Reply11 days
What's great is how Nick Saban has always stayed around for less money.
Reply11 days
Third round money may not be a lot to a millionaire head coach, but to the kid getting drafted, it’s life changing money. Not everyone is as well off as Nick Saban.
Reply11 days
Not everybody likes Dodge Chargers
Reply11 days
Cheap MF owns a Mercedes dealership and has his players driving around in Dodges
11 days
Ask Marcus Lattimore how staying worked out
Reply11 days
He made millions off of his insurance package.
11 days
Sabans right on this one. The pandemic that is college athletes leaving early to go pro needs to stop. Its frustrating to keep losing talent year in, year out to the pros. Wonder what we can do to stop this? I would like athletes to have the option to either 1) go pro out of high school or 2) be required once in college to stay a minimum of 4 years or graduation, what ever comes first. (would help entice athletes to get a degree)
Reply11 days
That’s a terrible idea. Guys develop at different rates. Why make a guy stay to get a degree he will almost certainly never use when he’s as ready as he’ll every be to play pro now? It’s also unenforceable. What are you going to do to a guy who skips his senior year? How do you make him stay?
11 days
Have to weigh that vs earning $15 million dollars more.
11 days
So you're proposing a rule change that would force a guy like D White to stay in college one more year so we can all watch him play in the P&G? Sounds reasonable.
11 days
Perhaps Saban and Alabama need to make the Alabama compensation package more attractive to the young man than what a 3rd round draft pick can get from the NFL. Come on Nick, if they gonna stay...you got to pay.
Reply11 days
Bama’s just going to have to start matching NFL money. What they’re currently paying players is just not attractive enough to make them want to stay.
Reply11 days
Some kids don't have the luxury of being able to wait and play their hand out. Saban has a point but that's only considering best case scenario and not acknowledging the risk. One thing is for sure, the motivation for his comments come from his own interests/depth chart concerns and not for the player's. "You should have to win your conference to be in the CFB playoff" -Nick Saban "I think this team deserves the opportunity to get in the playoff by what they've been able to accomplish" -Nick Saban
Reply11 days
Some kids don't have the luxury of being able to wait and play their hand out. lol wut?
11 days
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