UCLA junior quarterback Josh Rosen may not play in his group’s Cactus Bowl recreation towards Kansas State on Tuesday, because of a concussion risk. But Rosen has tried to present it a go for that recreation, which is perhaps his final earlier than leaving for the NFL. It additionally may not be, as a result of Rosen reportedly doesn’t want to get drafted by the Browns.
At a media occasion earlier than UCLA’s bowl, Rosen fielded a query about gamers who’ve determined to not play in bowls as they flip their consideration towards the NFL.
Rosen’s reply is right here, and transcribed in full should you scroll down a bit:
A few elite gamers within the 2017 NFL draft class skipped bowls a 12 months in the past, most notably LSU and Stanford working backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey. Several extra are doing it this 12 months, together with Florida State security Derwin James and Texas offensive sort out Connor Williams. People seem to have gotten used to it.
Rosen urges media members and others to not default to assuming greed on the gamers’ half, or that they don’t care about their school teammates.
“Lots of people bash them, however a few of them have to comprehend that a few of these guys have households,” Rosen says. “Some of those guys have youngsters. Some of those guys actually should help the individuals round them. Some of them could also be put in unlucky circumstances the place they’ll’t afford to be at school one other 12 months.”
Rosen notes that his quarterback place is much less bodily, normally, than positions like working again and security, and he asks for understanding of gamers who sit out.
Rosen is outspoken about social justice points. In the previous couple of years, he’s:
- Worn a “FUCK TRUMP” hat to one in all then-candidate Donald Trump’s golf programs, then Instagrammed an image of himself doing that:
Rosen sometimes gets into hot watert for quotes that get taken out of context. He offers among the extra detailed and considerate solutions to questions of any participant in school soccer. He additionally speaks his thoughts. This is an instance of all of that.
A full transcript of Rosen’s remarks in that video above, beginning with a joke:
Maybe I like my group greater than another guys. I feel it’s unfair with the Christian McCaffreys and the Leonard Fournettes, and perhaps with Derwin (James) and a few guys, as a result of they play actually bodily positions. For them, it’s not a problem of in the event that they’re getting harm, it’s a problem of how extreme. Because most of these guys get banged as much as some extent each single recreation. Quarterback’s distinctive. We’ll take a number of licks right here and there, however nothing just like the beating these guys take.
Lots of people bash them, however a few of them have to comprehend that a few of these guys have households. Some of those guys have youngsters. Some of those guys actually should help the individuals round them. Some of them could also be put in unlucky circumstances the place they’ll’t afford to be at school one other 12 months.
They would possibly need to, and folks within the media may not give them that shot that there’s a part of them which will need to be in school, which will need to play on this bowl recreation, but when they really feel like they’ve locked of their future and have to maintain their child or households, sisters, brothers, no matter, then I feel individuals ought to actually look into their story and see how soccer is affecting their life.
I’m in a lucky circumstance, the place I play a not-as-physical place, and it’s simply each single scenario is exclusive. I don’t assume you may lump all of them collectively. I don’t assume you may name it a pattern that individuals are beginning to miss bowl video games. I feel gamers are simply realizing they’ve plenty of energy they usually don’t want to be exploited when it’s to their detriment.
I feel individuals simply have to look extra into of every of those individuals’s tales and perceive everything of the scenario, and never simply sort of lump all of them collectively because the egocentric school soccer participant that simply desires to make cash.