For NFL long shots, draft day is an unpredictable emotional roller coaster

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  • Uncle festis Pasadena, CA
    May 23, 2014 5:09 p.m.

    Why are all these kids leaving early from the U? Brandon burton, siliga, j Kruger and now murphy have left early and it hasn't paid off for them. I can understand if you are valued as a round three or better talent but if you're leaving just to see what happens you're not smart. Ask murph

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    May 12, 2014 8:19 p.m.

    The debate between Lifelong Ute and others on this board just highlights the deeply personal decision that going on a mission is. It is a decision that only involves God and that person. And while a mission can be a great experience for some, it isn't a guarantee of lifelong happiness, nor is it the only avenue the Lord will use to bless you.

    Notice, non of those guys said they regretted going on mission, but, who am I to say guys like Jabari Parker, or Steve Young should go on a mission?

  • Spoons Lake Tahoe, NV
    May 12, 2014 12:25 p.m.

    @ lifelong Ute,

    I would disagree whole heartedly. I would rather serve a good mission and have the lord bless me for the rest of my life than get an extra 2 years of paychecks. I think athletes bypassing missions is a ridiculous sense of entitlement. If the prophet states all worthy young men are required to serve a mission that means the coordinated and uncoordinated alike. If you really believe he speaks with god you should follow.

  • concretebo Sandy, UT
    May 12, 2014 8:23 a.m.

    Good Luck to all these athletes !!! I am sure they will do well ! Never forget what Micheal Jordan's high school coach said about him ....

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    May 12, 2014 7:52 a.m.


    Are you suggesting that a college kid 19-21 years old accomplishes nothing during those 2 years unless he goes on mission? If your argument is "he can do those things at ate 22-23" then my response is "then he loses what he otherwise would have done at ages 22-23 if he hadn't done"

    I know in the church we don't like the acknowledge that there are some downsides to going on missions, the most relevant to this article being that professional sports don't want 25-25 year old rookies.

    There are great things to be learned on a mission.

    There are also great things that can be accomplished both spiritually and financially for the individual if someone can make it to the NFL or NBA. And the chance to make it there decreases significantly if someone takes 2 years off.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 12, 2014 7:30 a.m.


    Great story.

    Thanks to those interviewed for sharing their individual stories.

  • Aggie5 Kuna, ID
    May 12, 2014 6:26 a.m.

    I'm a big sports fan.
    I played a lot.
    Lots of success.
    Sports isn't temporal.

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    May 12, 2014 1:03 a.m.

    @Lifelong Ute. What did you give up and never get back good sir?

  • Idaho_Boy Aberdeen, ID
    May 11, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    I have almost the opposite point of view than Lifelong Ute. My mission was way more valuable to me than 2 years of college. I tend to think that Jake did the right thing coming out early, like Austin Collie did.

    I believe that the average player is only in the NFL for about 3 years. I know that figure is skewed some because of the guys on the practice squads, but that is exactly the guys that we are talking about here that are late round draft picks or undrafted guys signing free agent deals.

    The decision to serve or not serve can be a tough. Once I had my answer that I was supposed to go then there was no looking back and that knowledge helped me get through the difficult days. Yes you can go on a mission later, but you won't have that knowledge and experiences that you get on a mission to guide your life as you raise kids and struggle with paying bills and getting along with your spouse, etc.

  • Lifelong Ute Salt Lake City, UT
    May 11, 2014 4:27 p.m.

    "Like Murphy, Reilly served a mission for the LDS Church and he is older (26) and despite an outstanding Pro Day, many analysts speculated that his age hurt him."

    As a lifelong ute and lifelong Mormon, I would recommend those players who are serious about playing in the NFL reconsider going on missions if that has always been the plan. I went on a mission and it had good aspects to it certainly, but I also gave up some things that I couldn't get back by going.

    You can always go on a mission later in life - you can't play in the NFL later in life. Being 26 and a rookie is NOT what NFL teams want. If the NFL is the end goal, do whats necessary to make that most likely to happen, and that means being a 22-23 year old rookie. A mission will not help that goal. And yes, it can hurt it.