This Is Kirk Herbstreit's Opinion On Alabama Players Skipping Bowl Games
Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
After losing to Auburn in Saturday's Iron Bowl, college football analyst Adam Kramer suggested Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, DeVonta Smith and Najee Harries should protect their NFL futures by sitting out their upcoming bowl game. Here was Kirk Herbstreit's opinion on that...


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I don't see a problem with it. CFB makes millions off of these kids, and they risk their futures everyday. So, by cutting the risks once the season is over is completely up to them.
Reply6 days
selling out your team and teammates to "protect" your nfl career is cowardly, (being based on fear of an injury), exceptionally superficial, and typically results in more consistent injuries once in the nfl (as susceptibility to injury typically comes from your mindset). Leonard Fournette perfect example. Dude has been hampered by injuries sonce day 1 of his nfl career, and has been accused of not being a team player, and now it has come back to bite him in the arse....now that he is healthy, has not been getting many carries and has not done much.
Reply6 days
To be honest, I’m fine with the stars not playing, but the extension of that thinking is to call the whole thing off. Why would a fan want to travel to a bowl game with no meaning? Stars sit, fans sit. Empty seats and empty ratings equal the end to bowls.
Reply7 days
No point in playing in this game. These guys have all majorly contributed to a 37-4 record over the last 3 years. If I'm a Bama fan, I'd look forward to seeing the future months earlier. They aren't going to play anybody in the bowl game worth it anyway.
Reply7 days
worth it? you are matched up against teams equal to your teams performance. And who's fault is that anyway? bailing on your teammates is a bitch move, unless you are injured.
7 days
I can see why they'd not be too excited about playing in the Citrus Bowl. LOL
Reply7 days
For these guys, playing in a meaningless bowl game is the equivalent to hitting up Tigerland with your BRCC friends the night before your bar exam.
Reply7 days
Like it or not, Football is a TEAM sport. Most College Teams value earning the right to play in a bowl. They also value kicking someone's butt in a bowl game too. To line up alongside a fellow player that and sweat and bleed together one more time. I would imagine, General Managers, at some point and to some degree - measure a potentials player's loyalty to his TEAM and his Team mates. I would imagine it is a part of their draft grade... I wanna guy that plays in the Bowl game. He owes it to his team, his team mates, and to himself to end his career correctly. Devin White didn't think about skipping his Bowl game.
Reply7 days
There is no loyalty in professional football, teams cut players and players leave for more money and other teams in free agency. I dont blame any high draft pick for sitting out a meaningless exhibition game.
7 days
The NFL however, has shown it gives no fricks if you skip. They likely encourage it. I’ve yet to see slipping negatively affect any single player’s draft grade. McCaffrey is having an MVP-esque season. A GM isn’t turning down that type of talent just because they skipped a meaningless bowl.
7 days
Unless a championship is on the line, I don't blame them for skipping the advertising.com bowl game.
Reply7 days
Tough debate. If one of those kids suffers an injury of ANY type, is Kirk gonna pay them millions? Then who is he to have any input on what those kids decide to do. Honestly, as a Bama fan, I want to see our young kids play (they already did on Defense most of the year) to get experience for next season. This is a meaningless game for the guys going to the NFL.
Reply7 days
Maybe my comprehension is lacking but it looks like he said if the players deem in not worth the risk to compete in another game with your college team then skip the game. Didn’t look like he gave any input as to whether or not they SHOULD play.
7 days
You're right, I misread last part.
7 days
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