I asked for some help understanding the rationale that players use to play on
Sundays after being told their entire life that it doesn't honor God....and
I got scriptures and opinions talking about not judging. Please understand that
I am not judging anyone by asking the question, I just want to hear what
advisers tell these guys. The school always says that playing on Sundays is
"not negotiable" and then these players go on to play on Sundays.
It's not just football, I am sure women that end up playing in the pro
soccer league and the LPGA would have to play on Sunday too. If they have the
free will to work on a Sunday, as does the guy working his shift at the power
plant, then why is the school's policy so "non-negotiable"??
Many believe it is better to go undrafted than go in the 6th or 7th rounds.
Being undrafted allows you to pick a situation that is a good fit. Hopefully a
lot of these guys have found that fit and will be able to stick in the NFL for a
few years.Good luck to all of them.
Too bad for Jake Murphy. I think he got some bad advise to come out early. I
was surprised when he announced he was declaring for the draft and then many
experts I heard interviewed said it was a bad move. I know he was concerned
about his age hurting him, but it looks like the combination of this age and the
wrist injury really hurt him. Now he's got an uphill battle to prove he
belongs in the NFL.
Congrats to the Aggies. They have a solid program that is consistently pumping
out good talent. For my Cougars, it is sad to see the dropoff in
NFL draftees over the years. There was an interesting article a ways back
talking about how Lavell had a great NFL network to draft players and that
Bronco is really lacking it. People who went undrafted under Bronco like
Harline, Hall, Andrew George, and many others would likely have been drafted
under Lavell. It probably is a combination of having a terrible NFL network, a
low coaching priority to draft players, and losing top LDS talent to other
Great to see so many kids from the state OR who played in the state make it to
the NFL... however they get there!Mostly happy my Aggies got 2
drafted as well as 6 get free agent deals and 2 more invited to mini-camps!Go Aggies!!!
Congratulations to all the players from the state of Utah signing contracts. I
wish them all the best of luck.Go Utes!
@Utes11The rationale is that these guys have their moral agency to
do whatever they want. Play on Sunday. Pick their nose. Fart in public.They were and are taught correct principles and are allowed to govern
Congrats to all players with ties to the state of Utah who were drafted or
signed deals. Good luck to all of them in their pursuit of a professional
career.Utes11, to answer your question, a couple of Bible scriptures
that come to mind. First, is "judge not that ye be not judged" (see
Matthew 7:1). It is not my place to judge those who choose a profession that
requires them to work on Sunday, including if their profession is playing a
sport. Judging them is God's place and I honestly don't know what His
judgement will be. Second, "the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for
the Sabbath" (see Mark 2:27). Sometimes it is okay to do work or buy
something on Sunday, depending on circumstances. Tying this in to the first
scripture I cited, it is not my place to judge if someone else's
circumstances require them to work on Sunday or not. A final thought is that
thinking we should not work on Sunday at all is a very Pharisaical view of the
law of the Sabbath.
@ Tom in CA - Citing 4-0 vs BYU does not confirm that BYU is Utah's most
important game. It confirms that there is a reason Bronco was BYU's second
choice, and that BYU's schedule is much easier than Utah's.
Congratulations to all the LDS players that signed deals.!Someone help me
understand what rationale they use for now playing on Sundays when the LDS
church teaches them thier entire lives that they should NOT play on Sundays?
I could maaaaaaybe see Daniel Sorensen not getting drafted but not Cody Hoffman.
That's crazy.Good luck to all players with ties to the state
of Utah in making it at the next level.Go Cougars!
Daniel Sorenson has an excellent chance to stick with KC.Nickel/dime
packages as well as special teams are a perfect fit for his skill set.
How is it that a second team all american center doesn't get drafted?
Lineman are big for teams and it seems like that kid has what it takes. Just
can't believe he didnt get drafted, can't believe Cody Hoffman
didn't either, amazing. Also very surprised Uani Unga didn't get
signed by someone, way too good not to get a shot.
@Naval Vet - Tell us all about the utah "heydays". oh, wait.
And don't cite 4-0 v. BYU or it will confirm once again the
most important game of your year.
StGtoSLC:"Taking pot shots at guys who didn't get drafted
just because of where they went to school? Classy as always. Must have had quite
the illustrious NFL career to be in a position to mock these guys."I think comments like hedgelog's are just cases of little brother trying
to vent his frustration since he can't remember the last time the cougars
drafted more players the Utes. It's been a tough reconciliation that their
heyday of the 70s and 80s are now a full generation behind them.
Good luck to all these guys. Sometimes a free agent signing proves more
beneficial to players because they can pick the situation that suits them best,
rather than being stuck with an organization that had no real plans for them,
but had a pick remaining late. Undrafted free agents face a big uphill climb,
but guys like Derrick Shelby prove if you can work hard enough, you can
flourish.Taking pot shots at guys who didn't get drafted just
because of where they went to school? Classy as always. Must have had quite the
illustrious NFL career to be in a position to mock these guys.
Guess Murphy got put in his place! No draft love, no instate love either!
Good luck to all of them!
Crazy to me that Utah struggled when Murphy was out last season because they had
no good tight ends. Yet Denham signs a free agent deal as a tight end even
though Whit never used him as such. Either the NFL is stupid or Whit is for
never trying Anthony at TE.I guess I'm just piling on a coach who is in his
last season after running a BCS busting program off a cliff.Good luck
Anthony, show us the talent you have that was never used here!!
Congrats Spencer Hadley! One of the greatest guys I know. This is a well
deserved honor.Best of luck to all these young men representing our
How about Uani Unga, who led BYU in tackles? Has he signed with a NFL team?
Unga should also be signed somewhere.