Yesterday, Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota announced that he's going to go back to school for his final year to get his degree and I applaud this. More kids should stay in school and earn their degree (even if it's a joke degree). More emphasis should be put on education and graduate degrees than on being a spring board to professional sports and to a world that they may not be ready for. I understand that most players skip up to the pros to help their families and earn substantially more than they are earning in college, but that's a different story. Education is put on the furthest burner and that's not good from a society standpoint.Kids look up to these "professionals" and these "professionals" would be much more influential had they gotten their degree. I applaud Mariota and I hope that other players follow his lead.
Is Mariota leaving millions on the table? Maybe he is, maybe he isn't. Mariota can come back and have just as good a season as he had this year or maybe even a better year and win him the Heisman trophy and be the number one overall pick next year compared to the no.3 overall pick like he is this year according to mock draft boards.